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Idan Santhaus: There You Are

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Although he is a saxophonist and flutist, Idan Santhaus plays on only one cut on There You Are, adding his flute to the title track. The focus here is on composition: The Israeli-born Santhaus spent years writing and arranging the music that comprises this big-band project-his first as a leader-recording it with two different 16-piece ensembles in 2008 and 2011. It’s a sprawling, ambitious but welcoming work, thriving on dynamic contrasts and projecting a unified vibe despite the use of the different groups.

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