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On 'Holes In the Sky,' Lara Downes mixes rich and lyrical piano with intimate vocal duets / Jazz Weekly

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Pianist Lara Downes mixes rich and lyrical piano solo originals between intimate duets with singers including Judy Collins, Rhiannon Giddens and Rachel Barton Pine." On her own at the ivories, she glows like vintage George Winston with a rich lyricism as on "Memory Mist" or "Music Pink and Blue." Judy Collins brings her "Albatross" as a folksy parlor piece, and Leyla McCalla takes Billie Holiday's "Don't Explain" into a passionate plea. Rhiannon Giddens has a delicate vibrato during "Dream Variations" and the traditional pieces "All the Pretty Little Horses" closes things with Ifetaya Ali-Landing and the Girls of Musicality bringing in deep harmonies. Gentle lights shining in the glass window.

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