The free jazz alto saxophone legend's first CD release in a decade finds him at the top of his game, backed by two bassesTony Falanga and Gregory Cohen, bowing and plucking, respectivelyand his son, drummer Denardo.
Kip Hanrahan's project featuring the poetry of Ishmael Reed, Dave Murray's saxophone; a funky, bluesy, political, R&B-steeped world music gumbo.
Fred Hess Band How "Bout Now Capri Records Denver-based tenor saxophonist Fred Hess found his voice four CDs ago with a loose-jointed pianoless quartet sound. He expands it here with an added sax, and comes up with his best work yet.
Brazilian pianist Haroldo Mauro's disc is the prettiest piano trio outing of the year, one that's spent more time on the sound system than any other set.
Ed Neumeister Quartet Reflection Artist Share Trombonist Ed Neuemister is new to me, but he's a veteran, back from an expatriot stint. With this disc he's crafted a marvelous, understated democratic quartet sound, featuring bassist Drew Gress, drummer John Hollenbeck and pianist Fritz Pauer.
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