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Andy Middleton: The European Quartet Live

By now, the music on this disc is three years old and its U.S. release comes a year after it dropped in Europe. Yet the lag time doesn’t take anything away from this live set by U.S. native Andy Middleton and his European Quartet. Middleton, who now calls Vienna home, plays soprano sax and occasional tenor. The proceedings begin with the straight-swinging “Mister Jorge,” which gets an immediate jolt from the double-stops that bassist Paul Imm uses to start the song. Harmonically, the piece moves in unexpected directions and gives the leader’s puckish soprano plenty of ideas to work with.

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