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Laurence Hobgood's 't e s s e t e r r a' is grounded in a deep and rich musicality / BroadwayWorld

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Grammy-winner and world-renowned pianist/composer/arranger Laurence Hobgood will release his new album t e s s e t e r r a on April 26th, 2019. His first since 2015's trio record with John Patitucci and Kendrick Scott, Honor Thy Fathers, this new album consists of seven standards, re-imagined for jazz trio and string quartet, and features innovative arrangements of iconic songs by Cole Porter, Sting, Jimmy Webb, Hoagy Carmichael, Crosby, Stills & Nash and more.

Hobgood, the driving force in his musical partnership with Kurt Elling for nearly 20 years, has enjoyed a multi-faceted and dynamic career. Recognized for his dazzling piano technique and his signature style of composing and arranging, he's been transporting audiences both at home and abroad for over three decades.

This album is grounded in a deep and rich musicality that rewards frequent and multiple listenings like nothing I've heard in decades. It is at different times surprising, thought-provoking, nuanced, and always exquisite. - Dr. Daniel J. Levitin, Musicologist, Producer, and author of This Is Your Brain on Music. Songs as diverse as Wichita Lineman, Blackbird, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, We Shall Overcome - even a Chopin Waltz (Opus 64 no. 2 in C#Minor) - are vividly arranged in a style he's calling "third stream nouveau." The sound of the string quartet brings an unmistakable classical element to this project, but the central idea is for the trio to shine as a fully functioning jazz trio, weaving improvisatory exploration within the fabric of thoroughly composed orchestrations.

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