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Quinsin Nachoff: Magic Numbers

You’d think by now it would be it illegal for a string section to play on any recording that includes a drum set. But no, people keep trying it, usually to no good end. Saxophonist/composer Quinson Nachoff makes a better go of it than most, thanks mainly to the fact that he’s got a manifestly huge imagination and writing chops to back it up. The weight of historical expectation weighs heavily against this project–in terms of timbre and phrasing, if nothing else–but Nachoff’s imaginative string writing saves the day–sorta. There’s still the same anachronistic disconnect that’s existed since Norman Granz first tried to make Charlie Parker a pop star.

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