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Jae Sinnett: The Sinnett Hearings

The Virginia-based drummer and bandleader established his credentials long ago as a first-rate, swinging player and prolific composer. On his eighth outing as a leader, Sinnett is joined by first-rate improvisers and longtime associates John D’earth on trumpet and Steve Wilson on alto sax, along with his working trio of pianist Allen Farnham and bassist Terry Burrell.

The inventive drummer-composer showcases his rhythmically ingenious facility on a new set of originals that run the stylistic gamut from buoyant Brazilian numbers (“Heading South”) to funky backbeat-fueled boogaloos (“Third Potato”) and catchy, pop-infused modal vehicles (“Bedrock”). Sinnett reveals a towering influence on his dynamic, Tony Williams-inspired opener “Palpitations,” which shifts nimbly back and forth from six to seven and is marked by Sinnett’s deft punctuations on the kit.

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