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Masabumi Kikuchi

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Masabumi Kikuchi: Unlearning the Piano

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

Masabumi Kikuchi is one of the oddest modern jazz pianists. As the Bad Plus's admiring Ethan Iverson points out, he's so unorthodox some folks deny that he can play at all. Even so, Kikuchi was a favorite of the late and much revered Paul Motian, his pianist of choice in this millennium — which is why, in recent years, Kikuchi has played more than anyplace at the Village Vanguard, Motian's second home. The pianist is well… more »