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Michael Thomas Quintet: It Is What It Is

Michael Thomas Quintet (L to R): Frank Williams IV, Kent Miller, Zack Graddy, Darius Scott, Michael Thomas

In an era marked by antiseptic recordings and coldly clinical composition, long on technique and short on soul, sometimes it’s nice to get down and dirty with a no-nonsense, balls-out jazz combo. Remember those? Trumpeter Michael Thomas’ Maryland quintet cooks up passionate hard bop-straight, swinging and hot as hell. Pushing the band’s chops to their limits at every turn, the music here is brash and messy, glorious in its imperfection, like a great night at your neighborhood bar.

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