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June 2008

Alex Graham
Brand New
Origin Records

Reinterpreting jazz standards and soul classics with equal vigor, alto saxophonist Alex Graham rolls, honks and swings in this upbeat, breezy set. A first-class band joins him, with David Hazeltine’s jolly piano setting much of the mood. There are unexpected twists, including a surprise 12-tone break on “All the Things You Are” and an original tune that inverts the chord progression from “Giant Steps,” both examples of a group that doesn’t take anything too seriously.

Originally published in June 2008
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