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Grant Stewart: Trio

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Working with Paul Sikivie on bass and brother Phil Stewart on drums throughout TRIO, tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart exhibits a big, direct tone and, in his solos, a knack for motivic development along with strategic melodic reminders of the tune at hand. While the piano-less format may suggest freer, avant-garde-leaning proceedings, Stewart’s approach is as straight-ahead as ever, and save for “Uranus” by Walter Davis Jr. and “Time to Smile” by Freddie Redd, the tunes are well-known standards. Still, Stewart manages to take advantage of the harmonic open air.

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