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Azar Lawrence & Edwin Bayard Quartet: Legacy and Music of John Coltrane

Does the world really need another John Coltrane tribute album? It gets exhausting to choose among the multitudes that already exist. However, if even half of them were as vital and powerful as tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence’s Legacy and Music of John Coltrane, there’d be no need for jadedness.

Despite being a marginal name in post-’60s hard-bop and avant-jazz, Lawrence paid his dues in McCoy Tyner’s ’70s band and appeared on some of the era’s seminal albums, including Miles Davis’ Dark Magus and Woody Shaw’s The Moontrane. He even recorded three fairly well-received albums for Prestige from 1974-76. Lawrence is as good a candidate as any for a Coltrane tribute, and his lower-profile status over the past three decades makes the concept more intriguing.

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