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The Dave Weckl Band: Multiplicity

Dave Weckl’s an excellent, flamboyant drummer, and his band makes joyous, entertaining music on the nine-song Multiplicity. They include snippets and references to such genres as reggae (the foundation of “Elements of Surprise”) and funk (forms the framework for “Watch Your Step”) as well as fusion (“Inner Vision”), Latin and rock, but there’s still an improvisational/jazz sensibility that underlines almost every selection. Gary Meek proves a capable soloist not only on tenor and soprano sax but also on alto flute and bass clarinet, while keyboardist Steve Weingart’s electric and synthesizer work is excellent and bassist Tom Kennedy makes a solid rhythmic partner for Weckl.

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