Chicago saxophonist/flutist John Goldman employed the local Dan Cray Trio as his basic rhythm section for In Walked Pierre with happy results. Pianist Cray, bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Greg Wyser-Pratte, augmented at times by Neal Alger, Luciano Antonio or Jeff Parker on guitar, jell as a team, providing Goldman and trumpeter Pharez Whitted with the kind of secure foundation that allows them all to function at a high level. The leader plays confident mainstream alto, and Whitted, likewise, demonstrates an easy familiarity with the modern traditions of his instrument. Cray is especially impressive in his ability to develop simple motives into coherent, extended phrases.
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