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Steve Slagle

Steve Slagle

With New New York, his debut for OmniTone after five recordings for the Denmark-based SteepleChase label, saxophonist Steve Slagle reaffirms his deep affection for the city and scene he has been a vital part of since moving to the Big Apple in 1977. This powerhouse offering, his most seasoned and soulful expression to date, features a core quartet of bassist Cameron Brown, drummer Gene Jackson and longtime associate Dave Stryker on guitar, augmented by special guests Joe Lovano on tenor sax and Joe Locke on vibes.

Slagle’s personal paean to New York City brilliantly demonstrates his capacity to stretch into adventurous realms. Originals like the Ornettelike “Loftology” and “Blackwell’s Manhattan” reveal the chemistry that has been percolating between Slagle and Lovano since they were both loft dwellers back in the day. As Slagle explains, “Between Joe and I, the music can go in a lot of different places and some of that can’t be contrived by a producer, really. It’s more something that you have between people that would still exist no matter where or when or whatever.”

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