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Jason Steele Ensemble : Some Wonderful Moment

Guitarist Jason Steele takes only one solo on his debut album. It’s gentle, minimalist, sneaks in quietly and is gone in a flash. That says a lot about his collectivist approach, which emphasizes the organic, shifting sound of his octet as it spirals through a series of brooding, cinematic themes. Cornetist Ron Miles gets the spotlight on most tracks: He and saxophonist Josh Sclar offer introspective solos but also take things outside in some surprisingly abstract breaks.

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