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Elias Haslanger: Kicks Are for Kids

Tenor saxophonist Elias Haslanger is the real deal, a no-nonsense modernist whose Rollins-esque rhythmatics and Trane-tinged harmonics surge and soar. For his latest, the young titan flies with a spiky quartet whose savvy hipness recalls the best groups of Davis, Blakey and Silver. The nifty moves of pianist Fredrick Sanders, bassist Edwin Livingston, drummer J.J. Johnson and trumpeter Tito Carrillo set fires everywhere. At the same time, it should be stressed that Haslanger is a man with his own clearly mapped agenda.

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