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Nagl, Bernstein, Akchote, Jones: Big Four Live

Read "Big Four Live" reviewed by Chris May

Playing music which references much of jazz history, from early New Orleans collective improvisation through contemporary conservatoire-informed styles, Big Four uses similar instrumentation to soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet's 1940 quartet with cornetist Muggsy Spanier, guitarist Carmen Mastren and bassist Wellman Braud. It's no accident--the concept was suggested to alto saxophonist Max Nagl by Hat Hut producer ...