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Tony Reedus: The Far Side

Recorded a decade ago, this was drummer Reedus’s debut as a leader. For the date he hired pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Charnette Moffett, and, on four of the 10 cuts, tenor and soprano saxophonist Bill Evans. Throughout the album, Reedus is a take-charge presence, but, at the same time, he does not tread on his sidemen. He rolls out some heavy thunder on the title track, an up-tempo original. He’s appropriately sensitive on “Never Let Me Go,” a trio track. On “You and the Night and the Music,” another trio cut, he trades “fours” smartly in a cadential, parade drums style.

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