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Marvin Stamm Quartet : Alone Together

Time flies when you’re spending an hour-plus with an ensemble that has developed the kind of conversational rapport evident on this live CD/DVD recording. Recorded in an intimate, West Coast setting in 2006, trumpeter Stamm’s quartet moves with deceptive ease through a series of imaginatively arranged standards and original tunes. The quartet’s distinctive approach to the album’s title (and opening) track is typical. It takes on an episodic form, bracketed by funk-accented passages, and generously showcases the talents of Stamm, pianist Bill Mays, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Ed Soph.

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