As the applause in the Dakota dies down, the acoustic bass begins an ominous three-note phrase. The phrase repeats, resonates and repeats again. A vaguely familiar melody sounds. And then, like the band’s Minneapolis audience, you are startled to find yourself thinking of the lyric “Jesus loves me/This I know.” A children’s hymn gone modal, arrangements that recall the elegant swing of the venerable Blue Note sound and energetic blowing fuel trumpeter and flugelhornist Terell Stafford’s second disc for MaxJazz. A live session of mostly original material (five of the eight tracks were written by band members), Stafford, along with pianist Bruce Barth, Tim Warfield on saxes, Derrick Hodge on bass and drummer Dana Hall, performs a crisp set of fun compositions that add small twists to postbop styles.
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