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Matt Renzi/Jimmy Weinstein/Masa Kamaguchi: Lines and Ballads

This New York-based trio’s collective spirit goes further than the joint leadership suggested by the equal billing on the album cover. Stylistically, tenor saxophonist Matt Renzi, drummer Jimmy Weinstein and bassist Masa Kamaguchi cover familiar post-bop turf, both in repertoire and instrumental format, but they’re fond of subverting their expected roles. On a romp through the Charlie Parker gem “Au-Leu-Cha,” for example, Kamaguchi retrofits the original Miles Davis trumpet part to his bass, delivering a scrappy, inventive bit of counterpoint to Renzi during the head. On Weinstein’s solo drum piece “Dear Max”-named for his one-time mentor Max Roach-he’s a melodic soloist as much as a rhythmic one.

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