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New Directions: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The New Groove. New Directions was the promotional brainchild of Blue Note Records president Bruce Lundvall. Lundvall, in an effort to further promote an already well established collaborative spirit among the Blue Note stablemates, asked alto saxophonist Greg Osby to pull together a group of the younger players signed to the label rooster. The plan was to assemble several notable players, have them work up new performances of the Blue Note Canon. They would then take the show on the ...

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New Directions: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by David Adler

These four cutting-edge players did some recent touring under the name New Directions. Their self-titled studio debut consists mainly of short and to-the-point reworkings of Blue Note classics. Altoist/leader Greg Osby remarks that the group limited itself primarily to the boogaloo and funk side of Blue Note, feeling that the more cerebral and avant-garde stuff was too sacred to touch. Yet in the hands of players like these, boogaloo and funk becomes cerebral and avant-garde in exciting, unexpected ways. A ...


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