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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kyle Nasser: Restive Soul

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Saxophonist Kyle Nasser's background story is very interesting. Very involved in jazz from grade school through college at Harvard, he nevertheless was enrolled as an economics and political philosophy major. That is, until he heard Hank Jones give a master class and play a gig, which (making the story a bit compressed) completely changed his life's direction, convincing him that jazz was what he wanted, and needed, to do. In 2010, after attending Berklee on a full scholarship ...

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Kyle Nasser: Restive Soul

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Boston native saxophonist Kyle Nasser's debut Restive Soul is a cohesive collection of ten, intriguing and elegantly crafted, Nasser originals. The music has a surprising maturity tempered with passionate spontaneity and a darkly cinematic ambience. A mysterious aura shrouds the evocative “Shadow Army" that opens with pianist Dov Manski's percussive chords. Guitarist Jeff Miles' agile and expressive strings add a delightfully eerie feel to the tune while Nasser's eloquent improvisation brings a poetic narrative sense to it. Drummer ...