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Curt Hanrahan Septet: To Be Again

To Be Again is a well-played, straightahead album by a group of mostly Wisconsin musicians (leader/saxophonist Curt Hanrahan’s drummer brother, Warren, lives in Miami). The members of the ensemble are all very good hard-bop-oriented performers playing a varied and attractive program of tunes written and arranged by Wisconsin composer John Harmon, plus Juan Tizol’s “Caravan” and the standard “There Is No Greater Love.” Curt Hanrahan plays flexible, dark-toned tenor most of the time but on occasion plays alto or soprano (it’s hard to tell whether or not it’s a standard soprano because the middle register sounds very much like an oboe).

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