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Dan Banks Quintet: Simulated Cities

Read "Simulated Cities" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Simulated Cities, the second recording by British pianist Dan Banks' well-schooled quintet, consists of seven original compositions by the leader, the bulk of which call to mind the storied hard-bop conclaves of the mid 20th century while enwrapping the music in an up-to-date wardrobe tailored to accommodate today's more sophisticated and savvy audiences. Once past the tweaks, however, the thematic core remains constant: intrepid, straight-ahead jazz that has stood the test of time while pleasing enthusiasts of every age and ...

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The Dan Banks Quintet: Two in a Box

Read "Two in a Box" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Two in a Box, British pianist Dan Banks' quintet revisits a Golden Age in jazz when hard bop was king and record labels like Prestige and Blue Note delivered the latest sounds to an astute and appreciative audience. Without mimicry, Banks reimagines the indomitable spirit of such masters as Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons, Horace Silver and their peers, while trumpeter Paul Higgs bares his inner Lee Morgan /Donald Byrd / Woody Shaw / Freddie Hubbard and tenor ...


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