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Rick Margitza: Memento

Memento is tasteful, swinging and immediately accessible. That could be the whole review right there, but so much preparation went into the making of Margitza’s eighth album as a leader some details should be shared. First of all, Mulgrew Miller is on piano and that’s saying a fistful. Scott Colley is on bass and Brian Blade is on drums.

Saxophonist Margitza is literally beside himself-overdubbing on soprano sax and on tenor-so that a Latin-flavored tune like “Witches” has a sax “section” riffing behind Miller’s piano solo. It also sounds as if “Touch” has soprano and tenor in unison to help with a line punctuated by high staccato jabs, but the soprano is never clearly heard. Still, Margitza is a fine soloist, as evidenced by his wide-ranging, hard-swinging solo on “Blue for Lou.”

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