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Ted Nash: Still Evolved

As a card-carrying member of two unique institutions-the Jazz Composers Collective and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra-tenor saxophonist Ted Nash has proven the irrelevance of subgenre distinction and self-imposed regulation. His two albums on Arabesque reinforced this notion, gleefully blending timbre-and-texture experiments with elements of decorum and finesse. Now, with Still Evolved, he practically flings open the gates. He’s crafted an album bound to resonate across the board.

The Jazz Composers Collective seems to provide the disc’s gravitational center; pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist Ben Allison and drummer Matt Wilson are charter members of the organization. Their cohesion as a rhythm section, chronicled on countless other occasions, seems especially pronounced here. Nash’s full-toned tenor, darting around the contours of his compositions, is well-supported on all sides. And for that matter, so are the trumpet fillips of Marcus Printup and Wynton Marsalis-emissaries from Lincoln Center, filling out the frontline on alternating tracks.

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