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Carla Marciano 4tet: A Strange Day

Italian alto and sopranino saxophonist Carla Marciano wears her admiration for John Coltrane on her sleeve. It would be difficult to find another saxophonist whose conception, phrasing and tone (even on alto) owe more to Coltrane’s than do hers. Intense, high energy modal playing suffused with trills, runs, fragmented phrases and breakneck scalar passages characterizes much of her playing, although on tunes such as her own “A Strange Day” and “I Try to Remember,” as well as the standard “Pennies From Heaven,” she shows that she is capable of relatively delicate swing as well.

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