This intriguing date pivots around the protean bass of Andy McKee, best known for his sound footings for the tumultuous Mingus Big Band. Here, McKee steps to the fore with Next, a genuinely progressive post-fusion unit in which echoes of Mingus, Ornette and Frisell resound with serious yet playful abandon. Now several years old, McKee’s tightly knit quintet features electric guitarist Ed Cherry, saxophonist Alex Foster, trumpeter Ryan Kisor and drummer Billy Kilson. It’s a dynamic line-up. Solos and ensembles crackle.
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