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Scott Neumann Neu3 Trio: Blessed

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Drummer Scott Neumann has played Sun Ra tunes and fusion, toured and recorded with newgrass banjoist Tony Trischka and compiled a sideman résumé that ranges from Woody Herman to Joshua Redman to Maria Schneider. But on Blessed, his originals-heavy second release as a leader, Neumann keeps things streamlined and sharp with a pianoless trio featuring saxophonist Michael Blake and bassist Mark Helias.

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