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by John Fidler
A band with an inscrutable name debuts with this session, which is anything but. Guitarist Victor Magnani, bassist Martin Rizek and drummer George Coleman, Jr. are joined by veteran tenor saxman Don Braden for a satisfying, hard-charging hour of music made up of eight numbers--seven by Magnani, one by Coleman's father. Magnani has one previous album to his credit, Change Management (Orchard, 2001), featuring songs by John Coltrane, Billy Strayhorn and Charles Mingus, among others. The album ...read more
by Ben Ohmart
Here's how to stock a well-oiled quartet. Fill up with Andy Alonso on bass Mark Banfitch on drums Billy Gagliardi on saxophones Victor Magnani on guitar give them free reign on the improv solos, find some not overtaxed tunes from the likes of Rowles, Strayhorn and those cats, plug in an intimate setting, and you can't really be disappointed. Close to an hour is spent on this relaxed and washed collection of instrumentals, led by the guitar man with the ...read more