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Jim Cifelli: Groove Station

Trumpeter Jim Cifelli has previously recorded straightahead jazz with his New York Nonet, so a title like Groove Station might make his latest seem like an attempt to cash in on some airplay with something a little, shall we say, lite. Don’t believe it. Groove Station brings the funk, but this Cifelli outing includes musicians who have backed no less than Wilson Pickett, James Brown and Maceo Parker-this ain’t freeze-dried jive. This becomes apparent in the title track, where bassist Mike Leslie, drummer Ray Marchica and guitarist Dave Phelps set the scene with a no-nonsense groove that stays down and dirty.

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