Carl Grubbs grew up in Philadelphia, studying for a time with John Coltrane and leading the Visitors in the 1970s with his late brother Earl, who also played saxophone. He now lives in Baltimore, and the lessons he learned in his youth still exert a strong influence over his authoritative playing. Grubbs still prefers to have two saxophones on the front line, and for his third CIMP session, his foil is Salim Washington, who plays tenor, flute and oboe to Grubbs’ usual alto, soprano and, for the first time in the studio, tenor. Bassist Steve Neil and drummer Ronnie Burrage complete the lineup.
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