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Neal Caine: Backstabber’s Ball

Bassist Neal Caine demonstrates his unique compositional skills on this disc of original material. He’s among his longtime musical companions drummer Jason Marsalis and the fine tenor team of Ned Goold (with whom he shares a bandstand in Harry Connick Jr.’s group) and Stephen Riley, who doubles on alto clarinet. The quartet works without a chordal instrument, allowing for a very airy, organic sound that is accented by the woody quality of Caine’s bass.

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