In the early ’90s, Bob Belden poured most of his considerable energy into the Bob Belden ensemble. The 16-piece band was populated by some of New York’s most adventurous musicians, players who loved to explore possibilities on the avant garde edge of jazz. Belden soloed on tenor saxophone in a style that owed something to Wayne Shorter. His major contributions, however, were arrangements and leadership that inspired his gifted young men to concentrations of intensity that produced visceral excitement.
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