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Rich Perry Quartet: E-Motion

The key to satisfying group improvisation lies in the delicate dance between relaxation and tension. A comfort level has to be reached for players to successfully communicate, yet danger waits if, let us say, the couch gets too comfy. A few protruding springs are useful in keeping participants alert.

E-Motion brings together nominal leader Rich Perry on tenor saxophone with some familiar associates: pianist Harold Danko, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Jeff Hirshfield, fellow travelers who seem to share a common musical database. Expert players all, none can be faulted on technical or communicative skills. The pieces are all in place here; nonetheless, something’s missing. Let’s call it “edge.”

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