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Raphe Malik Quartet: Looking East: A Suite in Three Parts

In structure and sound, Looking East points right back to recordings like Don Cherry’s Complete Communion. Trumpeter Raphe Malik, best known for his sideman years with Cecil Taylor, links up with reedman Sabir Mateen, and for just under two hours, the two blow with old-school gusto on a three-part suite of folkish themes at a recorded concert performance organized by the Boston Creative Music Alliance in 1999. Beneath them, the rhythm section of drummer Codaryl “Cody” Moffett and bassist Larry Roland keep things driving and jiggley.

Malik leaves the greatest print on the music. His brash, wide-stroke trumpet sound is highlighter-tip thick compared to most ball-point trumpet blurts, and his contributions range from fluttering strings of high notes to swaggering low notes, or fragments of boppish lines delivered with confidence and kick.

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