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Dan Adler: All Things Familiar

Guitarist Adler assembled four other musicians, brothers Grant and Philip Stewart on tenor sax and drums, Richard Samuels on piano and Dmitri Kolesnik on bass, and a ten song, very attractively packaged CD results. The title is appropriate; the forms and many of the specific tunes will be familiar to the hard core jazz audience. The title tune reworks a (guess which) Kern classic, there are also two Cole Porter tunes, plus “Star Eyes,” “Emily,” a blues, a waltz and a samba. Adler’s original melodies over the familiar forms are good and he solos well. Grant Stewart is the outstanding soloist here and the other musicians represent themselves in thoroughly professional fashion.

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