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Billy Drummond: Dubai

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Drummond’s third release as a leader finds the drummer in a unique quartet date with no piano, working with the two tenors of Chris Potter and Walt Weiskopf, and bassist Peter Washington. It’s a format that Drummond felt would give this talent all the space it needed to stretch out, and with Potter and Weiskopf doing the blowing, the result is rich indeed.

Young lion Potter seems to relish this format, soaring with his tenor while Weiskopf, too, digs in with enthusiasm to deliver every nuance that he can conjure. Potter also adds additional texture with the bass clarinet on Weiskopf’s “Invisible Sun,” and there’s a gorgeous reading by the tenorists on Pat Metheny’s “The Bat,” with Drummond adding seasoning with cymbals alone.

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