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Jeff Marx: Treading Air/Breathing Fire

Treading Air, Breathing Fire (Soluna), from tenorist Jeff Marx, is yet another example of cutting edge, exploratory jazz. Like some of the saxophonists noted above, Marx can improvise extraordinary post-Coltrane hard bop/modal choruses, but often chooses to break out of the mold and open up his solos with techniques appropriated from the world of free jazz, including a flexible sense of time. And his colleagues-pianist John Esposito, bassist Ira Coleman and drummer Peter O’Brien-share his aesthetic.

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