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by Jack Bowers
As one good album clearly deserves another, Greg Yasinitsky, who wears many hatscomposer, arranger, woodwind specialist and educator among themhas released New Normal, the second impressive outing by his admirable Washington state-based ensemble, the YAZZ Band, which varies in size from septet to tentet. Unlike Yasinitsky's earlier album, YAZZ Band, which was recorded basically in one session with fixed personnel, the coronavirus pandemic upended any such plan this time, forcing an end to in-person studio sessions after five tracks had ...read more
by Jack Bowers
You're right, Greg Yasinitsky isn't a household name--apart from his own household, that is, and perhaps a handful of others in and around Pullman, WA, where Yasinitsky serves as professor of music and coordinator of Jazz Studies at Washington State University. And while his impressive debut album as overseer of the well-spoken YAZZ Band may not redress that shortcoming, it should at least bring Yasinitsky's music to the attention of a somewhat wider audience, which would be a win-win situation ...read more