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Stefan Bauer: Coast To Coast

Quite polished in their approach to contemporary jazz, vibist Bauer, trumpeter/fluegelhornist Kenny Wheeler, pianist Bernie Senensky, acoustic bassist Jim Vivian, and drummer Barry Rothberg engage ten originals and two standards in this reexamination of textural techniques first advanced in the 1970s, when fusion was all the rage. Everything is well plotted, highly ordered, and rubber gloved, as the intellectually conceived style demands, but to fully exploit the harmonic and structural challenges of the individual compositions and arrangements, there are also many opportunities for creative solo work by Bauer, Wheeler and Senensky.

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