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One For All: Invades Vancouver!

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Formed in 1996, the hard-bop consortium One for All has been an ongoing concern three times as long as any edition of their legendary role model, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Familiarity has a way of breeding stagnation, but as this live recording demonstrates, the sextet continues squeezing fresh wrinkles into familiar cloth, with no loss of intensity.

Here, as on his many solo recordings, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander is both an explosive soloist (hear his surging, cluster-note attack on the original “Nemesis”) and a soulful shaper of the overall sound. Recorded in celebration of the 10th birthday of Vancouver’s Cellar club, Invades Vancouver! also features strong vehicles for and/or by trombonist Steve Davis, the chronically underrated trumpeter/flugelhornist Jim Rotondi, bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth.

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