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Roni Ben-Hur: Anna’s Dance

For Anna’s Dance (Reservoir RSR CD 167; 51:55), guitarist and relative youngster Roni Ben-Hur set himself up with a band of wily old veterans, touting resumes long enough to burn out a perfectly serviceable ink-jet printer. He sets a deceptively high bar for himself in the process, but the CD’s urbane hard bop is mostly taken at a leisurely pace. For the better part of an hour, Ben-Hur and company take turns trying to outdo one another with grace and laid-back style.

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