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The Tom Warrington Trio: Back Nine

Although there are some songs on Back Nine where the inclusion of a second lead instrument besides guitar would have been nice, the interplay between bassist Tom Warrington, drummer Joe La Barbera and ax-man Larry Koonse is so tight and inviting that most of the time you forget about the absence of reeds, brass or keyboards. Koonse is splendid on ballads, inventive on the blues and faster numbers and repeatedly delivers fleet, supple solos and accompaniment. The Warrington/La Barbera duo add plenty of fire and verve in response, from the late-night sensibility of “My One and Only Love” to the more intense, upbeat feel they exemplify on “Whisper Not,” “Nardis” and “Labyrinth.” La Barbera occasionally adds some rhythmic energy to the proceedings, while Warrington (who doubles as producer) proves both a steady, frenetic accompanist and occasional star soloist.

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