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Ada Rovatti: Green Factor

Underrated Italian tenor saxophonist Ada Rovatti presides over an intriguing Irish-funk-fusion-jazz amalgam. Backed by world-class players-guitarist Adam Rogers, electric bassist Janek Gwizdala, pianist George Colligan, drummer Obed Calvaire and violinist Christian Howes-she unleashes with bold tones and rare intensity on chops-busting, Celtic-flavored romps like “The Untold Story,” “Oh Corko Mio” and the title track. Her husband, trumpeter Randy Brecker, appears on a funk-fusion adaptation of “The Kerry Dance” and a reharmonized “Oh Danny Boy.” Rogers and Howes contribute scorching solos while the stellar rhythm section pushes Rovatti to some inspired heights.

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