January/February 1998

Leroy Jenkins
Mixed Quintet
Black Saint/Soul Note

The mix includes flautist James Newton, clarinetists Marty Ehrlich and J. D. Parran and John Clark's French horn. The musicians play off each other for an admirably sustained balance. There are moments where the writing is so straight as to seem like parody, others where things stretch to the breaking point, and fine soloing by all concerned. This is a demanding record, but each listen is rewarded with new insights into Jenkins' unique musical thinking.

Originally published in January/February 1998
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