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Valery Ponomarev: The Messenger

Despite playing in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers somewhere between Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis, Valery Ponomarev hasn’t gotten a whole lot of attention, but he was and is an impressive trumpeter. On The Messenger he plays with a quintet that includes the great drummer Jimmy Cobb and three younger postbop players, tenorman Michael Karn, pianist Sid Simmons and bassist Martin Zenker.

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