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1. Jonas Grushkin's Gemini

Jonas Grushkin may be one of the best jazz pianists and composers you’ve never heard of.  If so, prepare to be surprised and intrigued by his just-released album, Gemini.  Evoking dark and light, tragedy and comedy, ying and yang, and two opposites forming a whole, this album showcases technically proficient jazz combined with the raw energy and passion of blues.

The album reminded me that the piano is a percussion instrument, and Grushkin is a percussionist from his ponytail to his boot heels.  He says his earliest memory of rhythm came from his father practicing drum rolls around the house.  Lacking a drum kit, Grushkin practiced beat and syncopation on an upright piano and taught himself how to play the instrument.  He is as capable as any pianist with the soft touch, but his métier is hard-driving virtuosity, playing the keys like drums and making resounding statements that linger in the mind even as the beat and melody advance.

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Ken Christian

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July 19, 2017, 9:33 PM
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