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The complexity of jazz is both its strength and its weakness, turning off many would-be listeners with the demands of its difficult, challenging forms, while fascinating fans with its open-ended dynamism. For many jazz players, the tension between having to entertain and wanting to push boundaries is resolved in uninspiring styles: either simple, easy listenability or listless, unstructured exploration.

Fortunately, there are exceptions. Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner plays with an even-handed intensity that puts a satisfying, swinging looseness to very intricate music. He will bring his special approach to Japan this month.

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