Josef Woodard
October 18, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Although his reputation as a bandleader in Europe and as a cherished sideman here has kept him in jazz orbit, the great Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson remains an inspired underdog. Reflections, his first domestic recording heading a group in a quarter century, is full of the articulate introspection and masterful range he’s known for. Ear deep in post-Bill Evans instincts, Stenson boasts a style of muscular reflectiveness, free of wasted notes or idle thoughts. A-

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