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Jodie Christian: Front Line

For his third Delmark date, Chicago pianist Christian has hired a front line of big band veterans-alto saxophonist Norris Turney, tenor saxophonist Eddie Johnson, and trumpeter Sonny Cohn-and crafted sextet charts in a Basie-and-Ellington groove. The results are first class. The authentic Swing Era sounds begin with Ellington’s “In a Mellow Tone” and continue through to Neal Hefti’s “Splanky,” a Basie band anthem. The band also makes nice work of Wayne Shorter’s “Lester Left Town” and Miles Davis’ “All Blues,” tunes from a more modern era.

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