The award-winning altoist Loren Stillman’s It Could Be Anything, his sixth, offers a refreshing change of pace from the plethora of neobop CDs coming from many other youthful players. Stillman’s unique identity derives from both his playing and his compositions. His exquisite tone and superb technique at times sound like those of a virtuoso classical saxophone recitalist (the two-minute “Vignette: Ghost Town” might be well received in a Parisian recital hall). But at other times his sound and mannerisms evoke such jazzmen as Lee Konitz and even more forceful players.
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