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Jerry Hahn: Jerry Hahn & His Quintet

This rambunctious 1967 recording dates surprisingly well. Hahn and a cohort from John Handy’s group of the time, Michael White, team with the rhythm tandem for Charles Lloyd, Jack DeJohnette and Ron McClure. The unfamiliar name is Noel Jewkes, whose work here on tenor and flute is excellent. How someone this good has managed to remain unknown for thirty years beats me. Phil Elwood’s cogent notes call him the best mainstream reedman in the Bay Area as of 1998 (Handy may be chagrined) and I would not argue unless it would be to extend the range. I don’t know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere.

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