Joshua Breakstone is a master bebopper whose Monk and Bud Powell songbook albums for Double-Time are easily recommended. Memoire: The French Sessions, Vol. 2 follows up 2004’s A Jamais but lacks the energy of the earlier disc. Alongside bassist Louis Petrucciani (brother of the late Michel) and drummer Christian Ton Ton Salut, Breakstone is his melodic and savvy self on the opening “Airegla,” an answer to “Airegin” but in fact based on “Woody ‘n’ You.”
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