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Terri Lyne Carrington/Adam Rogers/Jimmy Haslip/Greg Osby: Structure

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Bassist Jimmy Haslip’s the link between these two supergroups, both of which, at their best, remind listeners of jazz-rock’s promising early years, when bands made some outstanding music with an improvisational foundation and confrontational, energetic performance style. Structure’s core sound is more on the jazz end, while Jing Chi’s reflects funk, rock and blues.

Structure’s pluses include Greg Osby’s feathery, exuberant alto sax and the compositions “Black Halo” and “Facets Squared.” Sometimes he sits back and lets guitarist Adam Rogers take the spotlight on either electric or acoustic, while on other occasions Osby’s leading the charge and either contrasting or complementing Rogers’ statements. Haslip’s bass lays down thick, dance-oriented lines or provides a tune’s anchor alongside drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, or it becomes another outlandish solo voice. But Structure’s music is geared as much, if not more, toward group interaction than monster solos, and the foursome lays down some wicked riffs grooves and delivers marvelous unison sections on Carrington’s compositions “Mindful Intent” and “Fire” as well as Haslip’s “Spiral” and Rogers’ “The Invisible” and “Colum-bus, Ohio.” The date’s lone nonoriginal is a credible cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Ethiopia,” which includes fine rhythm section work from Haslip and Carrington but is less challenging than the pieces written by group members.

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