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Walt Weiskopf: Song for My Mother

Weiskopf’s talent broadens into the arranging field on this excellent album. The tenor saxophonist, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and a veteran of the big bands of Buddy Rich and Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin, employs a nonet: four woodwinds, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums. His charts put you in the mood of Gil Evans, Herbie Hancock and Duke Pearson. His tenor, reminiscent of Trane, Charles Lloyd and a cooler Mike Brecker, threads through the arrangements in integral fashion.

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