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Gerry Hemingway Quintet: Riptide

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With one very obvious exception, all the tracks on Riptide flow together without a break, often making it hard to distinguish if a mood shift comes in the middle of a piece or if it cues the next composition. Tense, repetitive licks give way to murky drones or moments where all five musicians seem to be improvising independently. But even at its busiest, the music sustains its focus and indicates that Gerry Hemingway’s writing can stand side-by-side with his recorded history as a wild, propulsive drummer.

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