Here, Zinn is the first soloist up, and he does try to play Witzel’s game of creating an entirely new piece from the basic material. He comes close, but eventually departs from the structure of the first half of his solo to “take off” in his own angular style. As I say, he’s quite interesting and not really disruptive, but at times he does sound as if he’s playing with a different group. Then Witzel enters, bringing compositional order to the proceedings, and is again superb . And this is particularly noticeable in the many tracks in which Zinn does not appear, although in Witzel’s splendid rearrangement of Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise he introduces some fast, unwritten key changes not in the original song, which Ho also follows in his solo.
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- The Suite for Piano