Rick Margitza is a still young colossus who’s annealed such diverse influences as John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Warne Marsh into a strikingly original style. While his technique dazzles, it’s his music’s compositional maturity, its momentum and sense of direction that ultimately impress. Then, there’s Margitza’s sound. It has edge and a center. It also has lyric warmth. His playing is a perfect unification of the cerebral and sensual. Margitza is one of contemporary music’s most important saxophonists.
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