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Album: Bruno Heinen Sextet, Tierkreis

The parents of pianist Bruno Heinen were musical associates of Karlheinz Stockhausen, and this lovely jazz interpretation of the composer's famous astrological suite begins with the sound of one of its original wind-up music boxes.

Beginning and ending with "Aries", the 13 pieces are surprisingly varied, from cool-school classicism to jerky funk, with the leader's piano lending Tierkreis (German for "Zodiac") a consistently intelligent linking voice.