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Various Artists: Clear Blue

This reissue of a 1982 release features pianist John Lewis, vibist Darwin Gross, guitarist Rodney Jones, and drummer Mickey Roker. Jones wrote three tunes and is co-author, with Gross, of “Boxcar Blues.” Gross penned the opener, “Blues of the Masters.” The sixth number is Luis Bonfa’s “Gentle Rain.” Lewis is playful throughout and positively picaresque on “Boxcar Blues.” “While We Dream” is a shimmering, prayerful number.

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