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Jeff Kaye: Just Like Me

Kaye’s trumpet and his quintet are in the spirit of the Lee Morgan, Blue Mitchell and Freddie Hubbard Blue Note sessions of the 1960s. If not innovative, the veteran of Ray Charles’ big band is fleet in his uptempo soloing, capable of blistering passages like those on his “Other Steps” and Dizzy Gillespie’s “That’s Earl, Brother.” Still, he is most affecting in quieter moments, as in his flugelhorn solos on the languorous “J.B.’s Waltz,” “Everything I Have Is Yours,” “Sozhino” and “Jay,” a tribute to the late tenor saxophonist Jay Migliori.

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