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SFJAZZ Collective: SFJAZZ Collective 2

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All-star groups tend to amount to less than the sum of their parts. Not so with the San Francisco-based SFJAZZ Collective, whose second album, recorded on tour, comprises four originals and four John Coltrane tunes. SFJAZZ-whose lineup boasts vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, pianist Renee Rosnes and its leader, saxophonist Joshua Redman-plays with urgency and innovation, putting a fresh face on important works and introducing some new pieces. Drummer Eric Harland must be given his due: He’s fabulous right from the get-go, turning in explosive work on “Moment’s Notice,” while Payton and then trombonist Isaac Smith solo nicely.

The sweet “Naima” becomes a vehicle for Hutcherson’s vibes, and he gives it his all starting with a tender solo that grows more and more complex. “Crescent,” one of the loveliest tunes in all of jazz, is given a respectful, dramatic reading, and “Africa” is faithful and charged with emotion.

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