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Fred Foss: The Journey

Transplanted from NYC to Washington, D.C. nearly two decades ago, saxophonist/flutist Fred Foss finally debuts as leader, blowing straightahead with a tight-playing eight-musician team. They deliver six harmonious, well-arranged (mostly) originals that scan the African-American social evolution and spotlight young trumpet ace Marcus Rabb, arranger Roger Woods (alto/tenor sax, bass clarinet), pianist George Colligan, and others. Acoustic bassist James King donates his ballad “When We Were,” an engaging vehicle for Foss’ honeyed flute solo. A sterling maiden voyage. – Nancy Ann Lee

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