It’s hard to believe that this, though an ensemble effort to be sure, is multi-reedist J.D. Parran’s debut as a leader. Parran has carefully crafted this disc to give it a diasporan musicological approach, incorporating material from jazz, R&B and new musical landscapes, leavened with such distinctive colors as Tony Cedras’ accordion, which lends a distinctive air of Louisiana to the proceedings. Each track is a distinctive whole, with no time wasted on egotistic soloing.
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