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James Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Ali Jackson, Reginald Veal: Gold Sounds

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Pavement is not the most obvious choice for an instrumental-jazz tribute. The ’90s-era indie rock outfit is known for many things–its lit-grad lyrics, its slack musicianship, its style (for miles and miles)–but perhaps the least of which is the jazz-worthiness of its melodies. That’s not to say that the band never wrote a stand-alone tune. As evidenced by saxophonist James Carter and Co.’s Gold Sounds, Pavement can claim several compositions that work sans lyrics: The Gold Sounds versions of “Cut Your Hair” and “Here,” in particular, are both easily recognizable.

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