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Denis DiBlasio: Reflections of Childhood

This two-CD set is a study in contrasts. On Duets baritonist DiBlasio and pianist Jim Ridl offer modest interpretations of mainly ballads. Reflections, a song cycle celebrating fatherhood and the joys of childhood, is a quartet outing. DiBlasio plays baritone, soprano and flute, and does some mean scatting on “Sugar Buzz.” “Tell Me A Story” features vocalist Suzanne Cloud. On “Doin’ the Downhill” and “Sugar Buzz” DiBlasio shows plenty of chops. He and his quartet play with inventive skill and humor.

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