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Max Johnson: Quartet

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An acolyte of avant-garde bassist Henry Grimes, Max Johnson imbues his Hungarian flatback with an unhinged fervor on this promising debut, a collection of six originals for piano-less quartet that filter a range of genres through a distinctly free prism. Johnson has performed with Anthony Braxton, William Parker and John Zorn, influences that are evident throughout, but he establishes his own voice, delineating parameters within a framework that eschews them.

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