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The Puppeteers: The Puppeteers

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The band's moniker is derived from the Brooklyn, NY club, Puppet's Jazz, which closed its doors in 2011. Here, the musicians who logged numerous hours at the club are reunited and spark a winning formula by dishing out the complete package. Insanely hip, sinuously shaped, and with an unstoppable attack, the soloists ride atop an undulating current. But one of the primary delights of this wonderful album is that you won't hear one iota of filler material. Each song introduces a memorable melody, where New York City downtown denizen, vibraphonist Bill Ware and eminent pianist Arturo O'Farrill display their magic ...

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The Puppeteers: The Puppeteers

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For six years, until May 2011, Puppet's Jazz in Brooklyn hosted sessions by many fine jazz musicians. Four of those musicians, including the club's co-founder, drummer Jaime Affoumado, come together on The Puppeteers, a collection of tunes inspired by hard bop, Latin, funk and many other welcome influences. The club may no longer be around, but its legacy lives on in The Puppeteers and their excellent self-titled debut album.From the familiar opening phrase of bassist Alex Blake's “On The Spot"--familiar because it's the classic “Giant Steps" opening phrase--The Puppeteers are off and running. The band's energy is palpable, ...



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