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Hipnosis: Carrousel

This German quintet draws clear inspiration from the hepcat sound of late-’50s and early-’60s postbop, as the influence of Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Lee Morgan, Dexter Gordon and Ahmad Jamal’s bands of this period are baldly evident. If Hipnosis was content to perform covers of their heroes’ material, they’d still be a worthy combo; the playing is tight, particularly Wanja Slavin on sax and Gerhard Gschlossl on trombone. What sets Hipnosis apart as a must-hear band is the quality of their original compositions; the music on Carrousel doesn’t just mimic the old standards, it sets new ones.

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