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Jeff Berlin: Low Standards

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Like 2010’s High Standards, Low Standards places electric bass hero Jeff Berlin in the company of Richard Drexler, who alternates between acoustic standup bass and piano, and a drummer, this time Mike Clark (replacing Danny Gottlieb). As on the previous outing, Berlin and company give voice to material from a variety of composers, among them Wayne Shorter (three tracks), Carla Bley, Steve Swallow and Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays.

If the idea behind this set and its predecessor is to prove that Berlin and a group of equals can be just as impressive within non-original compositions as when fleshing out his own material, consider it a success: These three musicians are so over-the-top talented that there’s never any question they’re going to leave a listener slack-jawed.

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