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Ira Sullivan: After Hours

There is enough energy in this combination of two sessions to “unroll” all of California’s blackouts for the foreseeable future. Recorded during the spring of ’96 and the spring of ’98, it makes you wonder why it takes some labels and some producers so long “to reach into the bag and really see what was there,” to quote one of After Hours’ three producers.

Man, that’s frustrating, considering one of those producers was the sessions’ drummer, Kenny Horst. Word simply had to get around sooner. This is a treasure trove of how bop has evolved and how brilliantly all the forces (Sullivan on soprano and tenor saxes, plus rhythm) push the envelope without spilling over into atonality.

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