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Exploration/Grachan Moncur III Octet

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This recording marks the welcome return of one of the most original and distinctive voices of the early 1960's, a turbulent and exciting rime in jazz.  Moncur's compositions have a singular "in" and "out" quality reflecting his own varied musical experiences.Even when using traditional forms like the 32 bar popular song or the twelve bar blues, Moncur's pieces, like those of Thelonius Monk whom he greatly admired, always have interesting twists and turns which make them distinctive yet accessible.  Mark Masters, the arranger on this historical date states "The great thing about his music is its spaciousness.  It may seem deceptively simple, but when you put the melody and changes together each piece has a life of its own. 

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