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Grant Stewart: Young at Heart

Grant Stewart’s Young at Heart is the kind of album that used to be commonplace. The New York tenor player not only calls off standard repertoire; he also sounds like he performs these songs from memory rather than a fake book. The set is by turns lyrical and muscular, while sidestepping the rudderless post-bop that has become standard fare. The album is a sequel to In the Still of the Night (2007), Stewart’s Sharp Nine debut that followed his six releases overseas. Once again, the quartet includes pianist Tardo Hammer, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Joe Farnsworth.

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