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Randy Johnston: Riding the Curve

On one hand, this New England-based guitarist lives the typical life of a musician seeking more exposure, as he balances teaching and playing. But whereas most players tend to become more entrenched in the classroom as time goes by, Johnston has evolved to the point where he can confidently lead a group of veterans like organist Joey DeFrancesco, drummer Idris Muhammad, and tenorist Johnny Griffin-which is exactly what he does on this potentially breakthrough project.

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