“Woodwind” quartet would be more accurate, since these fellows-Clayton Englar, Jesse Meman, Ken Plant and Tom Monroe-play not only all the saxophones but flutes, bass clarinet and even recorder as well. Formed in 1984, the virtuosic D.C.-based ensemble has released recordings in 1988, 1998 and now in 2003. But interestingly, all three albums were recorded in the same period between late 1987 and 1990. A Touch of Evil, from 1989, is the only one with guests. Pianist Ran Blake and conga player Alfredo Mojica sit in on Blake’s title piece; drummer Paul Murphy, bassist Ben Allison and pianist Frank Kimbrough assist in various configurations on some others.
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