Seldom does a CD title so accurately convey the purpose and direction of a session than Roland Guerin’s latest release. First, there aren’t many contemporary bassists better at establishing and maintaining a groove than Guerin, a master of the slap technique and an equally outstanding accompanist. These pieces showcase his penchant for penning works with a swinging undertone, but his songs always contain sections that challenge and motivate soloists to extend themselves. Examples of this trend can be heard in the torrid and gorgeous solo from alto saxophonist Wess Anderson on “Alone Together,” and his tenor counterpart Quamon Fowler, who is featured on three of the nine numbers.
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