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I wish I'd heard this

Tim Bray describes a PBS HD Jazz concert. It sounds pretty cool:

Saving the best for the last: The Patricia Barber Quartet played Norwegian Wood. No, that's not what they did... actually they fucking blew the stage to smithereens, caressing the song, then easing into the instrumental space, then offering apocalyptic piano and bass breaks, then dropping into a fast ensemble groove, pure rhythm for the sake of rhythm, why couldn't it have gone on for an hour; a penultimate dip into that tart Lennon/McCartney sweetness and then it ended with a big loud bang. I've been listening to a lot of jazz for a lot of years; for my money, the Barber quartet is by a wide margin the world's premier currently-active jazz ensemble. Maybe the premier currently-active ensemble in any genre of music.

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