Pianist Laurent Coq’s Like a Tree in the City features the willfully lyrical tenor saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh, the rarest of rare birds: a young tenor saxophonist with a distinctive concept, dependent not so much on his elders for inspiration as his own imagination. He’s unafraid to play slow but well able to play fast. His tone is dark and brooding, shorn of vibrato yet very expressive. He’s a bit raw perhaps, but Sabbagh sounds like the real deal.
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