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Adam Rogers/David Binney: R&B

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Both Adam Rogers and David Binney are known for composing and playing ambitious originals that spring from postbop into a wealth of other genres and cultural hybrids. But on R&B, the two musicians are intent on crystallizing their longstanding familiarity and adventurous instincts into a more classic format. Abetted by top-notch peers Reuben Rogers on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums, they deliver sage but sparsely appointed treatments of slightly obscure songs by well-known composers.

The results are conventional but rarely uninspired. The frontline leaders distinctively harmonize the rapid and tricky unison head arrangement on Miles Davis’ “Sippin’ at Bell’s” and flip the melody and counterline to Charlie Parker’s “Ah-Leu-Cha” with the panache and precision of kindred spirits who have played together for more than a quarter-century. They are also complementary. On Monk’s “Introspection,” Binney’s alto nails the composer’s angular innovation and tersely skewed swing rhythm, while Rogers’ guitar solo opts for a more deconstructive approach in the vein of ace Monk interpreter Steve Lacy.

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