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Claire Daly: Movin’ On

The CD title, Movin’ On, won’t be found among the 13 song titles, but the concept pervades the album. Some samples: “Softly as I Leave You,” “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” “After You’ve Gone,” “Goodbye.” Get the message? It’s Claire Daly’s way of dealing with a series of personal traumas, but if you’re expecting nearly 70 minutes of dirges played on that most appropriate instrument of sadness, the baritone sax, guess again. This is a gently swinging quartet session.

This is Daly’s second album as a leader, but her resume as a sidewoman stretches from Taj Mahal to the all-female big band Diva to Billy Taylor. Here she receives correct but uninspiring backing from pianist Eli Yamin, bassist Dave Hofstra and drummer Peter Grant.

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