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Joel Frahm: We Used to Dance

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Joel Frahm is a serious, straight-ahead hard-bop saxophonist who’s developing a habit of releasing top-notch albums. For his new effort, We Used to Dance, Frahm enlists Stan Getz’s old rhythm section-pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Victor Lewis-and the results are immensely satisfying. As each tune progresses, the quartet feels more comfortable in the ensemble and in one another’s presence. Frahm doesn’t demand all the attention, either; he gives the trio ample time in the spotlight, which gives Barron a few opportunities to strut his considerable stuff.

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