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Tom Talbert: This is Living

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Annotator Ken Borgers points out that Talbert’s writing “is full of textures, subtlety and genuine beauty.” Talbert’s albums recorded in California (most recently Duke’s Domain, Sea Breeze) bear that out, and so does this one. If This is Living has a New York edge, perhaps that can be attributed to joy the leader felt at recording in the city for the first time in more than 40 years. Now that he lives in both Los Angeles and Manhattan, he’s in his second New York period simultaneously with his second California one, reunited with old friends and tapping into New York’s reservoir of talented younger players.

Four of the musicians who helped make a classic of Talbert’s 1956 Bix Duke Fats (Atlantic, reissued on Sea Breeze) are back with him. They are trumpeter Joe Wilder, baritone saxophonist Danny Bank, clarinetist Aaron Sachs and trombonist Eddie Bert. Wilder, Sachs and Bert are featured soloists here, along with saxophonists Dick Oatts and Loren Schoenberg, trumpeter Glenn Drewes, trombonist Scott Whitfield and guitarist Howard Alden. The band is rounded out by trumpeters Joe Mosello and Danny Cahn, bassist Chip Jackson, drummer Jim Saporito, bass trombonist Dave Taylor, with Janet Lantz and Chris Costanzi on French horns.

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