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'Jazz with strings' is a phrase that sometimes invokes a heart-sink feeling. Happily Laurence Hobgood's tesseterra is not one of those occasions / All About Jazz

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Laurence Hobgood has released a half dozen records under his own name but many more for vocalist Kurt Elling with whom he's been musical director, co-producer and accompanist for over twenty years. During that time Elling was a nominee for his three Blue Note releases and both Hobgood and Elling were named 1995 Chicagoans of the year in the Arts by the Chicago Tribune. Hobgood is a true virtuoso who began formal training on the piano from the age of six. In addition to his jazz trio, his other accompanists here, the string quartet ETHEL, are no strangers to popular, jazz and contemporary music and have recorded or performed with the likes of Ornette Coleman, Sheryl Crow and Roger Daltrey to name just a few. 

"Jazz with strings" is a phrase that sometimes invokes a heart-sink feeling amongst reviewers. Happily this is not one of those occasions. 

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