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Bird is the Worm 2016 Album of the Year

Album of the Year 2016
by Dave Sumner

And it’s that aspect of Enter the PlusTet that embodies what makes this album special:  The grand statements, the raw emotional power, and the inspirations and surprises that come from improvised music.  There was a songbook in place, but one that allowed the musicians to be free to take everything they’d ever learned and experienced up to that moment and express it in the next moment and all the moments that followed.  It’s why every bit of this music resonates so intensely, and why the music sounds so big even during its quieter passages.  The humanity of the music shines through strong and bright, a feeling that there is a perfect confluence of creativity that runs a mainline from the heart of the musicians to the last fading notes to reach the listeners ears.

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