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Drew Gress: The Irrational Numbers

Gress not only has one of the most resoundingly deep tones and consummate feels of any upright bassist currently playing modern jazz (which explains why he’s in such demand), he is also one of the more accomplished composers on the scene. As a follow-up to his critically acclaimed 7 Black Butterflies from 2005, Gress returns with the same core group of alto saxophonist Tim Berne, trumpeter Ralph Alessi, pianist Craig Taborn and longtime rhythm tandem partner Tom Rainey on drums. Together they demonstrate remarkable chemistry in exercising their uncanny inside-outside aesthetic on energetic long-form pieces like “Chevelle” and “Neopolitan,” both of which strike an organic balance between disciplined playing and wide-open abandon by these great improvisers.

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