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Billy Childs is known for the elegance of his designs; he’s a composer, arranger and producer with a feeling for the dignity of form. But of course, Childs is also a terrific pianist and keyboardist, and sometimes it’s all too easy to let that part of his identity slip to the side. Not so on a new album, Acceptance, which Mack Avenue will release on Aug. 28.

The album finds Childs at the helm of a stellar quartet with saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Eric Harland. On “Leimert Park” — a tribute to the Los Angeles neighborhood home to the World Stage — rhythm serves as a guiding spirit. (It should be no surprise to learn that Childs developed this groove with Paul Jackson, Jr. and Mike Clark, alumni of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters.) Stick around for a smart Fender Rhodes solo and some phenomenal drum fills over a vamp in fractured meter.

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