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Jason Lindner Big Band : Live at the Jazz Gallery

There’s nothing earth-shattering on Live at the Jazz Gallery, either from keyboardist Jason Lindner or his 12-piece postbop band. That’s important to remember, because this double-disc generates the kind of euphoria that’s usually reserved for something earth-shattering. It’s just that good.

Lindner plays against big-band type by emphasizing the players, not the arrangements (pointedly listing each track’s soloists). It’s almost a shame considering the arrangements’ magnificence; they’re as full as an orchestra twice this one’s size. But the individuals do excite, even astonish, when they play off each other as trumpeter Duane Eubanks and sopranoist Jay Collins do on “Suheir.” After a rapturous ensemble crescendo, they launch into a duel, trading four-bar phrases that begin as meditations and escalate into frenzies, each man pushing the other into bolder, wilder territory.

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