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by Dan McClenaghan
The opener on multiple-reedman/vocalist Paul VornHagen's Kindred Spirits, Namely You," kicks the set off on a relaxed straight-ahead vibe, with the leader blowing a robust tenor sax lead. The sound feels loose, like Ben Webster—Ellington's most famous tenor saxophonist—playing out in front of a bunch of top-notch accompanists. Cal Tjader's Mindanao," featuring VornHagen on flute, takes things into a more propulsive and urgent mood.The surprise, after two great instrumental tracks, is Burton Lane's Your My Thrill." VornHagen's high ...read more