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Edward Simon: Simplicitas

Edward Simon’s Simplicitas has primary sources in Latin jazz, but it breaks free of rigid categorization. The Venezuelan-born Simon logged crucial time with the bands of Bobby Watson and Terence Blanchard, leaving him with a firm grounding in contemporary postbop improvising, which is clearly discernable on the trio pieces that make up the bulk of the album, including “Not So Unique” and two distinct takes of the Harry Warren standard “You’re My Everything.” Simon’s cohesive interaction with bassist Avishai Cohen and drummer Adam Cruz on each is a thing of collective beauty.

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