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Dennis Sandole: Dennis Sandole Project

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The Sandole brothers, pianist Adolphe, who died some years ago, and guitarist Dennis, who still works in Philadelphia, were legendary teachers. Among those who studied with them or attended their workshops were John Coltrane, Art Farmer, James Moody and Tom McIntosh. Previously they’d been represented on record only by their Modern Music From Philadelphia, a 1956 octet date on Fantasy.

This project came about when Bruce Eisenbeil, a former student of Dennis’, brought some recordings that Dennis had made with pianist Al DelGovernatore, bassist Wendell Marshall and drummer Frank Young to the attention of Cadence producer Robert Rusch. Rusch was impressed enough to issue them, along with “Even’in Is Cryin’,” a jazz ballet opera that Dennis had written from the early 1960s to early 1970s and recorded in 1991; “Beresith,” a solo piano work written in 1955 and recorded in 1995 by Michael Grossman, who also appears here on his “Wayward Plaint,” cut in 1995 with tenorman John Stubblefield, bassist Tony Garnier and drummer Mike Clark.

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