Italian drummer Marcelli is a natural swinger with a light touch-and an accomplished composer to boot. He’s aided on Beyond the Blue by a stellar outfit that includes guitarist Mike Stern, bassist Eddie Gomez, pianist Mitchel Forman and tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer. The opening “Between Poles” is a perfect vehicle for Stern to wail in the kind of understated, swinging fashion that he revealed on his 1992 gem Standards (And Other Songs). Mintzer also adds a particularly muscular tenor solo here.
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