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Brandon Wright: Boiling Point

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In a sea of Chris Potter and Mark Turner derivatives there emerges saxophonist Brandon Wright – a throwback player who channels the vernacular of more mainstream players such as Michael Brecker and Eric Alexander.

To this end, Wright’s debut recording Boiling Point is a high-intensity straight-ahead jazz album featuring an assortment of original compositions and standards. The opening track “Freeman,” is an up-tempo blues reminiscent of Brecker’s “Song for Bilbao” right down to the McCoy Tyner-esque voicings of pianist David Kikoski and bright ride cymbal pattern of legendary drummer Matt Wilson. Following the angular melody played in unison by Wright and trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, the pair launch into burning post-bop solos which set the tone for the rest of the album.

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