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by Jack Bowers
"Tasteful" is an appropriate word with which to describe these (mostly) trio / quartet sessions recorded during the past several years by drummer Jerry Kalaf and a number of his like-minded musical colleagues. Swinging" would be another (indeed, track 3 is the aptly named Swingin'," enlivened by pianist Rich Eames, bassist Dave Carpenter and Kalaf's nimble brush work). Kalaf uses five pianists and four bassists, and each of them is first-rate, with Kalaf's dependable timekeeping the glue that binds the ...read more