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Azar Lawrence: Prayer for My Ancestors

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With names like Alphonse Mouzon, Roy McCurdy and Azar Lawrence listed on the sleeve, you could be forgiven for expecting this to be either a re-release or a new release of a session recorded in the ’70s. Yet the music was recorded recently, and while some might regard the concept as “well-worn,” it could as well be considered “proven.” Lawrence came up in the ’70s as a Coltrane disciple, playing with Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner and making well-received albums of his own. His style hasn’t much changed; he’s still the same physical, gritty, pentatonically inclined tenor and soprano saxophonist.

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