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Tommy Newsom and his Octo-Pussycats: Tommy Newsom and his Octo-Pussycats

For his latest album, the former Tonight Show tenor saxophonist, arranger, and assistant conductor Tommy Newsom put together an excellent eight-piece band with drummer Sherrie Maricle, bassist Noriko Ueda, alto saxophonist/flutist Karolina Strassmayer and baritone saxophonist Lisa Parrott of Maricle’s Diva Jazz Orchestra, along with cornetist Warren Vache, trombonist Wayne Andre and pianist Derek Smith. They offer a delightful mainstream combination of well-crafted arrangements and first-class improvisations.

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