Since the halycon days of the cool school, the West Coast jazz has been devalued musical currency. Of course, subscribing to this “truth” means leaving out a slew of cats (Gerald Wilson and Horace Tapscott, to name two) who didn’t heed New York’s siren call. The past five years have seen a real Cali renaissance with folk like Charlie Hunter and Blacknote-major talents all. In 1994, L.A.’s B Sharp Quartet released their debut disc Searching For The One. A thrilling blend of harp bop mannerisms and hip hop attitudes, the record was a promising beginning for a new group.
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