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Alto saxophonist Benjamin Drazen has been plying his trade around Manhattan's network of small jazz barsplaces like 55 Bar, Smalls, and The Garagefor over a decade. At long last, the New York native unveils his debut outing, Inner Flights. In a program of mostly original music, Drazen consistently delivers strong post-John Coltrane
tribute follows with "Monkish," a nod to the legendary pianist's more comedic side, à la "Raised Four." True to the title, Davis begins this track with a jagged piano intro.
The album's apex arrives in the middle of the program, with the title track. Here, Drazen switches to soprano, unleashing a dazzling Coltrane-esque solo. The energy is matched again on Davis's arrangement of the rarely-heard Kurt Weill standard "This Is New."
Drazen closes the set with the ballad show tune "Polkadots and Moonbeams," highlighting his affinity for Julian "Cannonball" Adderley