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Bass Drumbone: (Hence the Reason)

The reason is a trio of Ray Anderson, Mark Helias, and Gary Hemingway. The snare drum seems a bit loud, the material is a little uneven, and the format demanding, but the rewards are considerable. Start with Anderson, whose great chops and sound are always used musically. He never overplays in this context, which says a lot. Helias and Hemingway are not just good players-they know how to play in the group context. You hear the trio go from being three exceptional players to being a real group as they warm up over the first three tracks of this live set, and by the end it’s hard to sit still.

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