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Gig Alert: Anat Fort Trio

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Anat Fort Trio
“Paul Motian (1)”
Playing at: Birdland
(315 W. 44th St., Hell's Kitchen)
Get: Tickets ($20) | Directions

From the first listen, it’s obvious that Israeli pianist Anat Fort takes her own approach to contemporary jazz. Rarely do we hear in her work the highly chromatic, orgiastic runs normally associated with free-jazz. Instead, Fort’s music plays with space and sound, set around simple, almost folk-like melodies. “Paul Motian (1),” the opening track of her trio's 2010 release As If, is a plodding, thoughtful piece of jazz minimalism, named for Fort's former collaborator and renowned free-jazz drum innovator, Paul Motian.

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