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Rob McConnell: Tentet

It’s true you get more bang for your buck north of the border, and that goes beyond the fact that there are more than 71 minutes of solid craftsmanship contained herein. On this Canadian caper, 10 swingers explode with the super-charged spirit of a 17-piece band.

And while we’re still obsessed with the rate of exchange, “Two Bass Hit” is easily worth a home run. It is one of the most propulsive highlights of McConnell’s tentet debut. The tempo is brash and after it becomes a solo workout for the sax section, trading eights and fours, all three sax fiends pool their testosterone contrapuntally. Even when the rhythm section cuts out the blazing polyphony continues until only Terry Clarke’s drum cadenzas can put the brakes on.

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