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Charlie Mariano: Deep In a Dream

Who can forget Charlie Mariano’s passionate alto playing throughout Charles Mingus’ 1963 album, The Back Saint and the Sinner Lady? Mingus said the saxophonist innately knew tears of sound were required. Today, nearly 80, Mariano remains fully capable of soulful performances full of tears, as he shows throughout the ballad-oriented Deep in a Dream.

Although he lives in Cologne and this album was recorded in the Netherlands, it represents a return to his Boston roots. After working in the ’50s with Stan Kenton’s orchestra and in the ’60s co-leading a quartet with pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi (his wife at the time), Mariano began to explore fusion, pop and Indian and Oriental folk music. For the last 35 years, his immersion in world music has overshadowed his bebop beginnings.

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