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Philip Catherine: Summer Night

Belgium’s Philip Catherine got his start in Gypsy jazz and has played with such luminaries as Jean-Luc Ponty, Charles Mingus and Larry Coryell. Despite Catherine’s considerable talents as an improviser, for at least his last couple of projects-including Summer Night (Dreyfus), his most recent-he has persisted in mixing high-wattage fusion and more subdued straightahead playing within the same program, engaging in a kind of bipolar stylistic disconnect that is as inexplicable as it is lacking in taste and continuity.

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