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Bob Boguslaw and the Way featuring Frank Russo: Gabrielle’s Hand

Bob Boguslaw’s quintet, based in Washington, D.C., contains reedist Pete BarenBregge, bassist Aaron Clay, drummer Frank Russo and percussionist Chris Rose. Several are current or former members of national military bands, and on Gabrielle’s Hand they play with the ferocious joy of guys just gone AWOL.

The explosive energy begins with Russo, a drummer of extraordinary power and uncommon precision. Very few standard (“red book”) CDs have so convincingly captured an entire drum kit in full eruption-the in-your-guts bass-drum kicks, the thunder on snare and tom, the lashes on cymbals, but also the minute details of bells and brushes.

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