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Keith Javors: Mo’ City Jungle

The Florida-based pianist-composer Keith Javors fronts a small group of cutting-edge players on his third impressive outing as a leader, Mo’ City Jungle (Zoho). From the fiery, open-ended title track, marked by searing, Trane-inspired solos from tenor saxophonist Juan Carlos Rollan and his alto playing counterpart Dane Bays, to the easy-swinging Messengers-flavored groove of “In Essence,” Javors distinguishes himself as a bandleader intent on collective envelope-pushing. The hard bop burnout on “Conclusion of the Matter” rushes with energized solos from Rollan, Bays and crackling young trumpeter Ray Callender.

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