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Various Artists: Roots: Salute to the Saxophone/The Gadd Gang (Double Time Jazz Collection, Vol. 5)

The first half of the DVD features a two-hour 1992 live program with saxophonists Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, Arthur Blythe and Nathan Davis, with pianist Don Pullen, bassist Santi Debriano and drummer Idris Muhammad. Davis, a respected educator whose playing should be better known, shines, especially on soprano. He’s the most bop-oriented. Blythe’s “Parker’s Mood” showcases his soaring tone, while his distinctive lines are not Bird-like. Any document of Pullen’s consummate professionalism is worth having.

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