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Tommy Newsom/Ken Peplowski: The Feeling of Jazz

Although not promoted as such, this happy pairing of tenormen Tommy Newsom and Ken Peplowski can be regarded as, if not a tribute to, then a remembering of the classic quintet jointly but irregularly led by Al Cohn and Zoot Sims from the late 1950s on. As were Al and Zoot, so are both Tommy and Ken also well-grounded in the school of playing that places primacy on a lyrical approach to improvisation, a warm tone, a healthy respect for swinging time, and a deliberate avoidance of athletic technical displays. So, if frequent excursions into the altissimo register, squawking multiphonics, and mind-numbing, assault-gun-like rapidity of notes presently constitute your definition of saxophone artistry, prepare to have your tastes broadened.

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