Ink Pin

Mark Feldman, violin; John taylor, piano; Anders Jormin, bass; Tom Rainey, drums

While there have been jazz violinists almost since the beginning of recorded jazz, the violin always seems to be an interloper from classical music. Maybe it’s that bow, which double bassists involved in jazz typically eschew. Mark Feldman, however, uses that bow to great effect, making the fiddle ring out like a saxophone. On Ink Pin from a new quartet recording where he is accompanied by a standard jazz piano trio, Feldman is the lone horn, so to speak. But that doesn’t stop him from making music that is still completely cooperative with his adept group of sidemen.

—FJO

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