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Rory Stuart Quartet : So Rise Up

So Rise Up opens with “Experiment #2,” one of nine original pieces on the album composed by the gifted (and sorely under-recorded) guitarist Rory Stuart. The tune is a sampler of sorts, as it emphasizes some of Stuart’s favorite things: angular intervals, odd meters, tart harmonies, modal tacks, funk-swing forays, shifts in tempo, dynamics and rhythmic interplay. The quartet arrangement isn’t far removed from some of the funk-accented tracks recorded by John Scofield and Charlie Hunter (with saxist John Ellis), though it has its own logic, heat and momentum, thanks in part to saxophonist Mark Shim, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Ari Hoenig.

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