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by Dan McClenaghan
In the saxophone with rhythm section" category, the key to distinction relies as much on the artist's frame of mind as it does superior musicianship. One of the saxophone giants of yesteryear, Dexter Gordon, had the chops, of course, on a series of splendid Blue Note albums in the sixties, with an extroverted, muscular, coming-right-at-you story-telling technique and a joyously brash frame of mind. On Perry Conticchio's Speak Your Truth, the leader and his band get into a similar mood. ...read more