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Ralph Carney: Serious Jass Project

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As far as I am concerned, saxophonist, Ralph Carney has three things going to him no matter what. First, he has played extensively with Tom Waits, one of my all time favorite characters in popular music. Second, he is from Akron, home of poets, Van Jordan, and Rita Dove, suggesting that that Carney understands the working man. And finally, judging by the number of Duke Ellington moments on his album, songs

and associations, Serious Jass Project can’t help but to be strong. Carney is interested in jazz’s traditions here: blues, group unity and personal expression by individual players.

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