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December 2008

Eli Degibri Trio
Live at Louis 649
Anzic

Those who crammed into this tiny East Village club on the night that saxophonist Eli Degibri recorded with ubiquitous organist Gary Versace and extraordinary drummer Obed Calvaire were treated to a display of remarkable chemistry and incendiary blowing. Degibri is an exceptionally melodic improviser with a big, bold tenor tone, Versace is the MVP in any ensemble, and Calvaire’s quick hands, interactive instincts and powerhouse pulse on burners like “NY-TLV-NY,” “Pum-Pum” and “Shoohoo” are world-class. Together they kill.

Originally published in December 2008
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