Reprinted from Downbeat Magazine October, 1999

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Adam Berenson: Dialectical Constructs (Dream Play; 69:46)

***1/2

Most of what's here is loosely structured and is delivered with musicality and empathy by Berenson, bassist Scott Barnum and drummer Bob Moses. "Incarnation Dialectic" is a bossa that blends tradition with an appealing quirkiness, while "Ricercar," Ornette's "The Sphinx" and "Inheritance" are among those that celebrate unshackled spontaneity. To download and listen to his music, visit Mr. Berenson's page on MP3.com

-Zan Stewart

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