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Randy McKean

McKean leads or co-leads several bands, including the chamber jazz quartet Bristle, the African-trance ensemble Tumble, the saxophone quartet Goggle, the ecstatic sax/drums duo Pac and Seep, and the acoustic-electronics duo The Gargantius Effect. He is a long-time member of Beaucoup Chapeaux, David Dvorin’s Flounder, Ludi Hinrichs’ Chickenbonz, and appears regularly with guitarist John Girton and singer/songwriter Sands Hall. McKean’s releases include the CDs Wild Horsey Ride, Tumble’s Waves and Music for Trio (Bandcamp), Bristle’s Future(s) Now(s) (Queen Bee) and Bulletproof (Edgetone), So Dig This Big Crux (Rastascan), the Great Circle Saxophone Quartet’s Child King Dictator Fool (New World), and the electronic releases Pac and Seep Live at Earthtone (Bandcamp) and Gargantius Effect +1+2+3 (w/Han-earl Park, Gino Robair & Scott Looney)

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Tumble: Waves

Read "Waves" reviewed by Don Phipps

One can certainly appreciate the effort made by the members of Tumble to carve out a niche on Wave in the expanding and ever-changing world of jazz music. That said, however, there is a bit of disappointment. It's not that the group can be faulted for poor musicianship, but the readings in general are uninspired and ...

Waves

Label: Cure-All Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: The Nuthatch; Frisco; Unsuitable; Misterioso; Much Happy; Otter in the Water; Sub Drift; Blue Nile

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Ross Hammond Quartet: Adored

Read "Adored" reviewed by Troy Collins

Adored is the debut of Sacramento-based guitarist Ross Hammond's Quartet. Although Hammond's previous recordings have featured an array of configurations (ranging from solo recitals to spontaneous improvisations with various West Coast peers), this date is among the most impressive in his growing discography. For the first time, the relatively young guitarist leads an all-star quartet of ...

So Dig This Big Crux

Label: Verve Records
Released: 1992


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