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Greg Tardy: Steps of Faith

Tenor saxophonist Greg Tardy’s styles of composing and improvising are often harmonically cryptic in the manner of Wayne Shorter, yet not distractingly derivative-Shorter’s templates allow for a great deal of latitude, and Tardy takes advantage. His tenor sound is dense, his phrasing frequently blunt, and his choice of notes often attractively unencumbered by harmonic convention. He’s joined on Steps of Faith by a group consisting of trumpeter Marcus Printup, alto saxophonist Logan Richardson, pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Sean Conly and drummer Jaimeo Brown (Tardy’s mother, Joanne Tardy, sings on one track).

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