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Benn Clatworthy/Chris Colangelo/Ryan Doyle: The Decider

Underrated British-born tenor saxophonist Benn Clatworthy flaunts his bold, Rollins-esque tone and free-spirited approach in a highly interactive trio setting with drummer Ryan Doyle and bassist Chris Colangelo. They turn in a rollicking calypso reading of John Lewis’ “Afternoon in Paris,” cop a sublime feel on Monk’s “Pannonica” and Cole Porter’s “I Get a Kick Out of You” before entering the free zone on Clatworthy’s open-ended title track. Other highlights include Clatworthy’s bluesy meditation “Sister Sarah” and a freewheeling interpretation of Gershwin’s “This Is New.”

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