“House Hour” (PoemJazz2)
“House Hour” is the second installment in the landmark “PoemJazz” collaboration between poet Robert Pinsky and pianist Laurence Hobgood. Everything that was good in the debut is even better here. Pinsky has mastered his instrument, transforming his voice from “peculiar” to “unique.” Hobgood’s musicality and virtuosity dazzles. And the production — the mix, the equalization, the effects — are all first-rate. The poems, the improvised piano music, the music of the words — all of it skates along the edge of the sublime. We’re listening.