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Alvin Queen: I Ain’t Looking at You

Drummer Alvin Queen leads his quintet through all manner of song on his new album, I Ain’t Looking at You, touching upon bebop, hard-bop, soul-jazz, 12-bar blues and balladry. The musicians-including trumpeter Terell Stafford, alto saxophonist Jesse Davis, organist Mike LeDonne and guitarist Peter Bernstein-mesh well at every turn, each taking plenty of solos and supporting his cohorts in doing the same. Queen, who churns and churns through this nine-track outing, takes two extended solos, but he never gives the impression that this is all about him. It’s about the group dynamic and the excitement of leading a tight band through the subgenres.

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