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Charlie Shoemake Trios: Lands End

Soft-spoken Charlie Shoemake can be quite vocal, not only as vibist and teacher, but as a spokesman for his colleagues. As he told liner annotator Zan Stewart, “being on the West Coast seems to make us second class in the eyes of the jazz media, but I know we play as well as anyone.”

He’s probably right about the first part of his statement; he’s right on about the second half. His two trios here prove it. The brief addition of altoist Charles McPherson helps most eloquently.

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