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Sam Newsome: Global Unity

Since his debut album, Sam I Am (Criss Cross, 1990), saxophonist Sam Newsome’s musical conception has grown far beyond conventional bop to encompass a diversity of world-music styles. That transformation is in full effect on Global Unity.

In the early ’90s, Newsome was often heard playing tenor with trumpeter Terence Blanchard, but in recent years he has focused almost exclusively on the soprano saxophone. From his phrasing to his tone, it is clear that he has studied Bechet and Hodges, as well as Coltrane, Shorter and Liebman.

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