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Dusty York Trio: June Diva

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From the cover art to the eight original compositions, June Diva, the d├ębut recording by the Dusty York Trio, exudes understated elegance. Featuring York (tenor saxophone), Keith Brush (bass), and Ken Paine (drums), the Portland, Oregon-based trio recalls the uncluttered sound of classic Blue Note-style hard bop.

On “Union Station," the trio convincingly conjures the bustle and hard-driving energy summoned by the title. While Paine fires up a headlong shuffle, Brush grounds the enterprise with a steady pulse, ...