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Oliver Lake Big Band: Cloth

Oliver Lake boasts a type of career that says, “Been there, done that, got the T-shirt to prove it.” Thoroughly schooled; taught school himself; began his recording career in 1971; left an indelible impression on jazz with his World Saxophone Quartet (mid-’70s to mid-’90s); has played and toured with everyone that sprouted in the avant-garden; even led a reggae-flavored band in the ’80s; knows how to secure grants frequently; and now, at age 61, at the top of his form, he shows off his new 17-piece band and corresponding CD, Cloth (Passin’ Thru).

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