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Peter Barshay: Pit of Fashion

Acoustic bassist-composer Peter Barshay, 50, who has performed with such players as Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson and Joe Lovano, makes his debut as a leader with Pit of Fashion. Barshay provides the underpinnings, of course, and does the requisite solo on “Introductions,” but it’s obvious he wants to showcase his compositions and his talented supporting cast: drummer Steve Smith, pianist Billy Childs, guitarist Mike Stern, reedist Bob Sheppard, guitarist Ray Obiedo and keyboardist Tom Coster. Barshay throws out some reggae, funk and funk-fusion in a strong outing that confirms his status as a top-flight bassist.

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