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Swing Summit: Passing the Torch

It’d be hard to go wrong with a smooth and swinging lineup like the sextet gathered here live at Tarrytown’s Town Hall in 1992. From the bottom up, they are: Ben Riley, Ray Drummond, Kenny Barron, Steve Turre, Frank Wess and Jon Faddis. Need I even add their instruments? They are such known personalities, I barely had need to insert first names, except for the bassist, who has an unrelated namesake who plays “mean” drums. Known personalities are usually dependable, and this lot are in the best sense: they hew to a comfy pace, call a good set (each CD has six tracks, with a pair of ballad features in the middle), and solos are universally high-caliber.

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