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Paul Smoker Quartet: Standard Deviations

Paul Smoker is certainly an impressive trumpeter. He has a sound and style that are individual and readily identifiable-short jagged bursts or long abstract statements, all with a well defined brassy edge. He works well here with guitarist Steve Salerno, a very interesting player who likes to alter his sound until it’s like an organ or synthesizer at times. Cellist Tomas Ulrich and drummer Jay Rosen are a most unusual “rhythm” (if that’s even the right term) team. Ulrich brings a lot of varied bowing sounds to bear, including frenetic scamperings and slow-moving lines laden with vibrato and overtones.

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