Reunited holds a double meaning for the Jazz Passengers’ first album in 12 years. On an obvious level, it brings most of the original lineup of the Downtown New York band back together, with guitarist Marc Ribot trading barbs with trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and alto/soprano saxophonist Roy Nathanson, vibraphonist Bill Ware, bassist Bradley Jones and drummer E.J. Rodriguez. (Violinist Sam Bardfeld is the only non-original Passenger.) The group also tackles the Peaches & Herb hit “Reunited” with its trademark wry humor that neither mocks the song nor gets too caught up in its romance. The Passengers adapt the chorus to give it a personal touch, and add some trademark horn shrieks to good effect. And therein lies the beauty of this band, where humor comingles with a serious love for the music.
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