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Matt Brewer: Mythology

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Matt Brewer’s recording debut as a leader is an underground all-star project. Underground because the players here are critics’ favorites but not exactly festival draws; all-star because they are heavy hitters on the frontier of the jazz art form. They are alto saxophonist Steve Lehman, tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, pianist David Virelles, guitarist Lage Lund and drummer Marcus Gilmore.

Their playing is edgy, clean and intelligent. But Mythology is an atypical all-star session. Even with all the individual firepower in this band, solos are selective and concise. Brewer’s achievement is to merge five strong personalities into his concept while leveraging their strengths.

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