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Kenny Gates: Open the Gates

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Open the Gates is a prime example of world class jazz musicians "keeping the flame" across the country -- in this case, pianist Kenny Gates and tenor saxophonist Bootsie Barnes. Gates burns and swings his way through his debut CD, ably abetted by Barnes, drummer Billy James and bassist Lee Smith. Gates, a protege of the bebop guru Barry Harris, originally hailed from Brooklyn but has adopted Philadelphia as his home town (or is it vice versa?).

As anyone who ...