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The Dave Sterner Quintet: Sidetracked

Read "Sidetracked" reviewed by Matt Marshall

While this sophomore effort from saxophonist Dave Sterner and his quintet is something of an excursion, bulleting the boys out of their home base in Cleveland to romp in Southern musical locales like New Orleans and the Caribbean Islands, Sterner hardly sounds sidetracked. That is, his intentions seem clear, his hand steady at the wheel--no careless Casey Jones driving this train. Nevertheless, the pace is quick, jumping out of the gate with the bebop piece, “Mine--or Yours." “Where ...

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Dave Sterner Quintet: What's What

Read "What's What" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

A member of Ernie Krivda's Fat Tuesday Big Band, alto saxophonist David Sterner has been a committed jazz artist on the Cleveland, Ohio scene since the mid '90s. He's led the quartet heard on What's What for the past several years now, a fact that figures prominently in the development and preparation of the group's maiden voyage. Refreshing in its stance, which avoids the more iconic sounds of the bebop tradition, Sterner's influences come from a decidedly more soulful perspective. ...


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