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Dmitry Baevsky: The Composers

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Alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky’s aptly titled new album is a delectable tribute to nine great composers. The Russian émigré tackles tunes written by a roughly even mix of familiar giants (Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Ornette Coleman, Duke Ellington) and less-heralded heroes (Cedar Walton, Duke Pearson, Tadd Dameron, Gigi Gryce), with an overall emphasis on exploring overlooked masterpieces.

Backing Baevsky on all nine tracks is the crack rhythm section of pianist David Hazeltine, bassist John Webber and drummer Jason Brown. Hazeltine was playing with Baevsky for the first time on this recording date, but the quartet exudes an easy familiarity that suggests a longtime working unit. Guitarist Peter Bernstein joins the fun on three tracks, Baevsky commenting in the album notes on his fondness for having alto and guitar play a melody together, as he and Bernstein do on Pearson’s “Gaslight,” Silver’s “To Whom It May Concern” and Hancock’s “Three Wishes.”

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