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Julius Tolentino: Just the Beginning

Julius Tolentino

One can hope that Just the Beginning is indeed that for altoist Julius Tolentino’s recording career, since his debut album is nearly everything a recording of straightahead combo jazz ought to be. It has excellent tunes, including Benny Golson’s “Domingo,” Billy Eckstine’s “I Want to Talk About You” (which Coltrane recorded), and Jackie McLean’s “Quadrangle,” along with a popular standard and attractive originals by the leader and his band mates. And it features a cadre of superb players in Tolentino, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, trombonist Steve Davis, pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Willie Jones, III.

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