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Marilyn Crispell has long relished playing duets with percussionists, as her earlier discs with Gerry Hemingway, Louis Moholo-Moholo and Eddie Prévost testify. She and Hemingway first worked together in Anthony Braxton’s 1980s quartet and have been performing sporadically as a duo since 1992. Table of Changes, their second Intakt CD, comprises seven improvised selections from their May 2013 European tour, recorded variously in Austria, France and Holland. There is, in addition, a stark, jolting version of Cole Porter’s Ev’rytime We Say Goodbye. The pair excel at rhythmic intensity, bringing torrential power to Spirings and Roofless, yet they are equally adept at the delicate interplay of colours and textures on Waterwisp and the pointillistic piano/ vibraphone pitter-patter of Assembly. The longer pieces, Night Passing and Windy City, are probing excursions into freeform lyricism.

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