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Greg Bandy: Lightning In A Bottle

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Lightning In A Bottle introduces drummer Greg Bandy as a leader on this impressive debut. After years of driving the bands for the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Jackie McLean and more recently Gary Bartz, the Cleveland-based performer has assembled a formidable ensemble comprised of saxophonist Gary Bartz, cornetist Olu Dara, pianist Donald Smith and bassist Alex Blake to deliver an intoxicating program of hard bop, calypso, blues and modal jazz.

Much of Bandy’s debut features both his compositional skills, which have more of an affinity for the blues, calypso and funk than bop, and his humorous crooning. On the title track, Bandy shouts the blues with an arresting growl, while Dara offers some delightful harmonica fills and Bartz spits out a fiery alto solo. The ribald “Good Booty And Barbecue” has a stripped-down go-go feel that recalls the early days of Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers.

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