Michael Cochrane

These days, Michael Cochrane is a busy man. Having just completed his eighth CD as a leader on the Steeplechase label, the pianist/composer finds himself shuttling between Europe and the U.S. with “The Spirit of Life Ensemble.” Add to that calls for frequent side man duties in and around the tri-state area and it would appear that his career is reved up into overdrive.

So why then at this time would the super active jazz man embark on a cooperative project like Lines=of=Reason? “I've always enjoyed the sharing of responsibility,” says Cochrane. “I actually had thought about doing something like this when I originally moved to New York. But the normal way to go back then was to be a sideman, which most of my friends ended up doing.”

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