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Jon Irabagon: It Takes All Kinds

Jon Irabagon’s previous recordings as a leader (Foxy, Unhinged) and his sideman work (Mary Halvorson, Dave Douglas, Mostly Other People Do the Killing) have started a buzz. No other current saxophonist encompasses his mix of explosive energy, stylistic diversity, lethal chops and radical ideas.

It Takes All Kinds is a trio album recorded live at the Peitz festival in Germany in June 2013. Irabagon, who is proficient on six reed instruments, stays with tenor saxophone. Bassist Mark Helias and drummer Barry Altschul are relentless provocateurs in the ensemble and take eloquent, comprehensive, suspenseful solos.

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