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The Adorables by Zeena Parkins
Released: Mar 2013
Label: Cryptogramophone
Parkins is a major figure in modern harp playing, so any new album from her is an event. This particularly fine one is titled after a new group, The Adorables. Their Downtown NYC aesthetic is apparent on the suite-like opener "Constructed," which balances Parkins' playing with percussion from Shayna Dunkelman and live electronics from Preshish Moments (long live funny stage names!). The steady build of "Invented" and the prog-hop of "Sophia" are also winners. It's easy to overlook albums that sit between the worlds of free-improvisation and contemporary composition -- but don't miss this one.
Seth Colter Walls
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