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Loren Stillman Quartet: How Sweet it Is

Alto saxophonist Stillman, in his early 20s, is quite a discovery and destined for a bright future in jazz. That’s the consensus of Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Dick Oatts and Ted Nash, as quoted in label owner Frank Nagel-Heyer’s liner notes. After hearing the album, I certainly concur with their opinion.

Stillman, who studied with Liebman, Nash and Lee Konitz, is a fluid improviser with a melancholy streak. He does not throw his chops around; instead, he proceeds with forethought, abstraction and gracefulness, like a combination of Konitz and Greg Osby. His tone is full of light and shadows, and his rhythms dart and glide and lay in wait.

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