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Anansi Trio: On The Path

Read "On The Path" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The concept of a sax-bass-drums trio is not a new one, but Washington, DC's Anansi Trio puts a new twist on the idea through Mark Merella playing what he calls a hybrid drum kit, incorporating conga drums, cymbals and parts of a trap drum set. This adds extra measures of bounce and groove to his playing ...

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Matt Belzer: Connections

Read "Connections" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Connections, featuring seven tunes from the pen of composer/reedman Matt Belzer, opens on a jazz/rock groove--in front of some cool and gorgeous and very unrock-like sax/clarinet harmonies. On a flow of gentle propulsion, “Deep Focus" immediately engages the listener while delving into deeper musical layerings. It's an excellent and approachable introduction to Belzer's original concepts.