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David Smith Quintet: Anticipation

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With Anticipation by the David Smith Quintet comes another release from the Brooklyn Jazz Underground label, “an independent and artist-run label committed to creative and adventurous contemporary improvised music”. True to the label’s namesake, the present release features a number of conventions that have become synonymous with the Brooklyn jazz scene: odd meters, complex forms, parallel harmonies, inventive originals, modern covers, and superb musicianship.

The disc opens with the title track, a restless straight-eighth tune with each chord anticipating the resolution of the following measure. Smith and saxophonist Kenji Omae navigate the ever-shifting chord changes with ease displaying a perfect balance between technical prowess and melodicism.

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