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Carlos Garnett: Moon Shadow

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Anyone interested in where the Panamanian saxophonist Carlos Garnett has been headed in the last few years could jump up to speed pretty quickly with his rendition of “Giant Steps” from his latest recording, Moon Shadow: Garnett likes his bop Latinized and his band unobtrusive, and he gets it here. The band slows “Giant Steps”‘s famously rapid harmonic hurdles, substitutes Latin rhythm for hard-bop drive and adds bounce to the familiar melody via an augmented horn line. Then there’s Garnett’s tenor, coming straight out of mid-period Coltrane with impressive confidence and spark.

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