Swinging With the Saint
Tenor saxophonist Dan St. Marseille switches to clarinet—the instrument of his youth—for this varied straightahead set. Bubbly swingers and New Orleans classics rub elbows with tunes by Herbie Hancock and Antonio Carlos Jobim, and St. Marseille sounds like a natural on all of them, displaying breezy confidence and faultless phrasing. A percolating rhythm section frames him nicely, especially on the many upbeat numbers. And St. Marseille sounds terrific opposite pianist Chris Dawson on “Because It’s There,” a Lennie Tristano-inspired reworking of “Out of Nowhere” that starts and ends in a unison freefall.