Even before Derrick Hodge’s bass and Rodney Green’s drums kick in, you can tell from the clean edges of Mulgrew Miller’s piano notes that the sound of this live recording is going to be good. Then you look and see that the engineer was David Baker, whose premature death in 2004 was a great loss to jazz. This album was recorded in September of 2002 on the opening night of the KC Jazz Club at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., but was not released for four years. It is wonderful to hear David Baker’s work again.
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