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Greg Abate: Horace is Here

Saxophonist Greg Abate, best known for his alto work but also a fine player on the other horns, including baritone, has been a hard-bop disciple for more than three decades. So it was only natural that he’d focus a complete project on paying tribute to one of that genre’s pioneers. Abate tackles eight Horace Silver tunes and intersperses two originals-the title track and “On the Road”-written and performed in the same funky, playful style associated with Silver.

The leader had some very strong and empathetic allies on this 2004 session: trumpeter Claudio Roditi, now-deceased pianist Hilton Ruiz and two Boston/Providence jazz stalwarts, drummer Artie Cabral and bassist Marshall Wood (the latter is currently a member of Tony Bennett’s quartet).

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