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Groder and Greene Ensemble: Groder & Greene

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That spontaneous improvisation proceeds flawlessly is a tribute to the musicians who play the music. In Groder & Greene, a recording which brings together trumpeter and flugelhorn player Brian Groder with pianist Burton Greene, altoist Rob Brown, bassist Adam Lane and drummer Ray Sage, open-mindedness, musicianship and a salient responsiveness generates the stunning quality of the intuitive interaction among the group’s members.

The music sets on an edge between boppish, sometimes dolorous, melody and coherent incongruence. In “Landfall,” the first track, Groder, Lane and Sage establish the groundwork before Greene sparks a dissonance that altoist Brown inherits, eventually becoming the lead horn. Such persistent instrumental shifting among all five players exposes the dynamic pervading the session.

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