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June 2008

Evidence Jazz Group
The Message
Smitty

Making the case for the jazz scene in Grand Rapids, Mich., this capable quintet offers up a nice mix of hard-bop and contemporary Latin sounds. Saxophonist Michael S. Doyle leads the group with an informal sense of swing and concise solo statements, but it’s Chris Lawrence who stands out most frequently with a warm, buttery flow on trumpet and flugelhorn. Every member of the group composes, with bassist Tom Lockwood’s three punchy tunes showing off the band’s collective chops to particular advantage.

Originally published in June 2008
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