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The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project: In the Middle

Drummer-percussionist Craig Russo presides over this sextet from central Illinois in their salsa-fied renditions of Sonny Rollins’ “Pent-Up House,” Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly” and the Tommy Dorsey theme song “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You,” along with Afro-Caribbean-flavored originals by tenor saxophonist Chip McNeill and pianist Chip Stephens. Electric bassist Josh Walden provides an authentic tumbao groove underneath while trumpeters Tito Carrillo and Jeff Helgesen bring the high-note fire required of all good Latin-jazz bands.

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