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Steve Wood Quartet: Deep Woods

For the past quarter century, Steve Wood has honed his craft on tenor sax, evolving stylistically from blues, fusion and avant-garde to classic tenor players such as Coltrane and Rollins. This Corridor release demonstrates that his musical parameters should no longer be confined to the city limits of his native Detroit.

The CD’s first track not only establishes the general format, it underscores how comfortable he is with his musical approach. Playing soprano sax on “Invitation,” Wood proves how effective, how swinging it can be (if you have the right support behind you) just to play melody with a minimum of ornamentation.

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