Miki Kono served as producer, leader, pianist on Are You Married…, the Japan resident’s second American release. She also was the composer of eight of its 11 tunes (the others being “Air on the G String,” “Rhapsody in Blue” and J. J. Johnson’s “Lament”). Working with her is the consummate bassist Rufus Reid and the in-demand Carl Allen on drums. Altoist Hiromi Masuda adds tonal contrast on four tracks, contributing cool but feeling-filled improvisations somewhat reminiscent of 1950s Bud Shank.
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