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Bob Wilber/Dick Hyman: A Perfect Match: A Tribute to Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis

In this heartfelt salute to the irrepressible Hodges and Davis, Wilber and Hyman make everything swing. The keynote is “In a Mellowtone,” in which Wilber’s sensuous alto and Hyman’s throbbing B-3 are joined by Britt Woodman’s buttery bone, James Chirillo’s pulsing guitar, Phil Flanigan’s plummy bass and Doe Ascione’s rock-steady rhythms. On Hodges’ “Wings n’ Things” and “L. B. Blues,” Wilber wears the Rabbit’s mantle with subtle sophistication.

And while recalling the rich Hodges-Davis collaboration, we’re also reminded of Hyman’s superb musicianship as wafted atop the velvety waves of Mr. Hammond’s B-3.

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