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Woody Witt Quintet: Square Peg, Round Hole

In the fine, straightahead Square Peg, Round Hole, Houston-based saxophonist Woody Witt demonstrates a virtuosic, well-rounded tenor conception that embraces not only the familiar Michael Brecker-like approach to the Coltrane heritage but also the bluesy soulfulness of the great Texas tenor stylists. Indeed, in spots, such as his partly modal “Matching Game,” trumpeter Randy Brecker, Witt’s frontline partner, must have been reminded of his collaborations with his famous tenorist brother. But on his own loose-limbed and funky “Dirty Dogs,” Witt gets down and dirty with effective gutbucket earthiness.

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