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Marty Ehrlich and Traveler’s Tales: Malinke’s Dance

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Marty Ehrlich doesn’t always get the attention he deserves, in part because he’s neither a precocious young lion licking his chops, nor a venerated elder resting on his laurels. Still, this 45-year-old multi-instrumentalist has established himself as one of the important jazz composers and creative improvisers in New York. He’s also much in demand, leading several groups and playing with everyone from John Zorn and Myra Melford to George Russell and Muhal Richard Abrams.

Malinke’s Dance, which captures a 1999 live performance, is the first CD from Ehrlich’s Traveler’s Tales quartet in nearly seven years. Ehrlich, joined by fellow saxophonist Tony Malaby, acoustic bass guitarist Jerome Harris and drummer Bobby Previte, makes it worth the wait.

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