Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Diggin' it

Here are a few new CDs that have been making the rounds on my audio systems. All are worthy of great attention.

Benny Green, Source (JLP) - His first trio recording as a leader in 10 years. He, Peter Washington and Kenny Washington dig into one track apiece from 10 terrific jazz composers, in some cases mining somewhat obscure material.

Julian Lage Group, Gladwell (Emarcy) This exotic project with his working quintet shows the depth and breadth that the young guitarist, a Gary Burton protege, reveals every time he picks up his axe.

Terell Stafford, This Side of Strayhorn (MaxJazz) This session, featuring Tim Warfield on saxophones, (can you say sympatico?)celebrate's the composers range of work - from the well-known to lesser-known material that deserves illumination.

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