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The Edmund Velasco Quintet drives hard bop mainstream with class. Their second album, all originals, captures a traditional essence while remaining fresh. The tenor saxophonist and his front line partner, trumpeter Kye Palmer, hand out classic lines as many have done before them these past 50 years. The hard bop quintet instrumentation makes a fine vehicle for mainstream jazz because of its history. But it’s the quality of their music that counts, and Velasco’s unit carries on that tradition well.
Benefactors of Orange County, California’s extensive college training grounds for big band and small ensemble jazz, the quintet’s members read each other’s cues with precision and produce the desired result.
Track Listing: Turning Point; The Blues In Me; Not Even the Rain Has Such Small Hands; The Underside; Cuidado; Remember When; The Incredible Mr. T; Still Here; Hyped Up.
Personnel: Edmund Velasco- tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Kye Palmer- trumpet; Ken Treseder- piano; Toby Holmes- bass; Jimmy Ford- drums.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.