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Krystall Klear and the Buells: This Way Is West

Krystall Klear and the Buells is the eponym tenor saxophonist Marty Krystall and bassist Buell Neidlinger gave their ’70s and ’80s collaboration, a partnership that produced the two LPs reissued here: Ready for the ’90s and Our Night Together. I remember those LPs being well received back then by critics paying attention. I also remember Krystall and Neidlinger not getting as much ink as some of the more high-profile avant-gardists. Certainly their music wasn’t to blame. Their spiky, swing-and-groove-based free jazz was as good as anything then being done.

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