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The Seattle counterpart of Steve Swallow, bassist Dan Dean is able to swing persuasively, comp authoritatively and improvise melodically on electric bass. On this series of intimate duets he is showcased walking, chording and soloing freely in the company of four decidedly different keyboard stylists. With Larry Goldings on Hammond B3 organ, Dean explores Thelonious Monk’s “In Walked Bud,” James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good),” Jobim’s “One Note Samba” and Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia on My Mind”; pianist George Duke is featured on a swinging “Stella by Starlight” and his own gospel-flavored “It’s On”; Gil Goldstein alternates between accordion (“Lover Man”) and piano (a wildly inventive take on “All the Things You Are”); and Kenny Werner extrapolates in daring fashion on “‘S Wonderful,” “Dolphin Dance” and “Body and Soul.”

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