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Ben Sidran: Nick’s Bump

Ben Sidran celebrates groove jazz on Nick’s Bump (Liquid 8). The veteran keyboardist road-tested the material-comprising both classics and originals-for a couple of years before taking it into the studio, and the result is a studio album that swings with the spontaneity and inventiveness of live performance. Eddie Harris’ “Mean Greens” is a band workout that’s both lively and soulful, while the Sidran composition “Blue Panther” is a bluesy number that slinks and prowls like the animal in the title.

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