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Matt Renzi: The Cave

Matt Renzi is a mellow-toned, progressively inclined tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. His trio with bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Russell Meissner swings lightly but determinedly within broad bounds. For instance, the opening track “Poison Ivy” is a gentle, harmonically inviting waltz-time tune dealing with the push and pull of three-against-four. In contrast, the next tune cuts every which way but loose from tonality and a steady pulse; the three musicians nevertheless show a commonality of purpose in letting the free-flowing rhythmic and harmonic scheme take them forward naturally.

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