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Steve Swallow-Ohad Talmor Sextet: L’Histoie du Clochard (The Bum’s Tale)

The outstanding composer/bassist Steve Swallow deletes drums and percussion from his instrumental array on L’histoire du Clochard: The Bum’s Tale (Palmetto), a seven-song suite whose selections range from morose, somber numbers to pieces marked by frenetic exchanges, dashing orchestration and shifting themes. While the CD embraces the symphonic more than the swing tradition, the improvised sections are excellent and the overall work very moving and memorable.

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