Charles Fambrough is your typical journeyman bassist, represented here fronting his hard-driving bop quintet through Live at Zanzibar Blue (Random Chance) in his hometown of Philadelphia. Fambrough shows the spark that drove Art Blakey’s Messengers during the ’80s. But the mix is uneven, and there are times when Fambrough is not always heard to full advantage. Another problem is a misnumbering of some tracks. (Perhaps that’s why the label is called Random Chance.) The liner notes don’t help. They consist of Fambrough’s reasons for some of his dedications.
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