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…There is a restrained elegance at work here. Paired with musically simpatico pianist Nitai Hershkovits and bassist Pau Lligada, Xavi Reija’s new jazz trio channels strong and varied emotive content throughout the eleven compact (mostly under four minute) tracks on “Reflections”. Explore the 10th track “Serenity” and you will see what I mean; the slow breathing rhythmic structure serves as safe haven for Nitai to convey the namesake serenity which, when combined with the eggshell fragility of his phrasing, note selection, and song duration, serve to make this one of the most beautiful, and human, compositions. I’ve heard in years…

Daniel Burke

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