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Wayne Escoffery: Intuition

Tenor player Wayne Escoffery is another in the long line of facile young tenor players who’ve polished their Coltrane and Shorter chops into a bright and shiny simulacrum of the original-which should be enough to get him lots of gigs, but not, I’m sorry to say, enough to get more than middling review from me. On Intuition (Nagel-Heyer) Escoffery plays super-fast and clean, with a self-assuredness that cannot obscure the fact that he sounds more or less like any of a zillion other super-fast and clean 1960s-postbop revivalists.

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