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Dave Bass: NYC Sessions

Gone, pianist Dave Bass’ first recording as a leader following a two-decade absence from the music profession, was one of jazz’s success stories of 2010, earning critical acclaim and extensive airplay. For the follow-up, NYC Sessions, Bass goes East Coast with a CD recorded in New York City in late 2012. He’s joined by bassist Harvie S, drummer Ignacio Berroa, alto saxophonist Phil Woods, trombonist Conrad Herwig, singer Karrin Allyson and others for a set of instrumentals and vocal tunes largely penned by the leader.

Bass demonstrates his love for Latin music, stoked during a period playing on the salsa scene in San Francisco, with a piece allying the Cuban classic “La Comparsa” to his own “Mi Montuno.” The group offers two other interpretations: an understated, gently unfolding trio version of “My Foolish Heart,” and a mellow, Latin-tinged take on “Dark Eyes,” with Bass and flutist Enrique Fernandez harmonizing and bassist S offering a fleet-fingered high-register solo.

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