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Gregory Tardy: Abundance

On Abundance, his first recording for Palmetto, tenor saxophonist Gregory Tardy, a New Orleans native who has worked extensively with trumpeters Tom Harrell and Dave Douglas, strips away all frills from his playing, to focus on the music’s inner core.

From the album’s opener, “Plan B,” it sounds as if Tardy has Joe Henderson on his mind, specifically, the quizzical, philosophical Joe of the ’80s Village Vanguard recordings with Ron Carter and Al Foster. The Coltrane influence is also clearly in evidence, not just in facets of Tardy’s tone, but in the soulful peregrinations of pianist George Colligan, the relentless beat of bassist Sean Conly and Elvin Jones-influenced drummer Woody Williams.

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