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Saltman Knowles: Yesterday’s Man

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Mark Saltman (bass) and William Knowles (piano) lead a revolving group of musicians who perform contemporary jazz while maintaining the sense of adventure of current straightahead players. Most interesting is the use of soprano steel pans (drums) in both solo and ensemble passages. Victor Provost gets an amazing array of melodic lines out of the instrument. Lori Williams-Chisholm sings throughout the album, and her vocalese functions as an addition instrument in many places, blending with the steel pan, trumpet and saxophones. Although her higher register swoops can get to be a bit excessive, she works with the music impressively.

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