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The Stryker/Slagle Band: Latest Outlook

Though its title might suggest otherwise, “Latest Outlook” owes much of its charm and vitality to early influences (Charlie Parker and Charles Mingus), old friends (the late pianist John Hicks) and collaborative reunions. Guitarist Dave Stryker and saxophonist Steve Slagle re-team with drummer Billy Hart, bassist Jay Anderson and the duo’s special guest, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano.

Lovano, whose presence is nearly always worth the price of admission, doesn’t disappoint. He appears on two tracks-Stryker’s “Bird Flew” and Slagle’s “Dear Mr. Hicks”-and both performances rank among the album’s highlights, though for sharply contrasting reasons. Parker’s bop anthem is brashly orchestrated for tandem horns and searing improvisations (with Hart vigorously fanning the flames), while the Hicks homage soulfully evokes the pianist’s broad yet seemingly effortless reach and more than hints at his ties to the Mingus Big Band.

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