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Tony Malaby: Sabino

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Laying low for some time, tenor saxman Malaby split his efforts between sideman gigs (Joey DeFrancesco, the Mingus Big Band, Ed Schuller’s Shulldogs, Marty Ehrlich and Mark Helias, among others) and working up his sound concept in the hinterlands (Tucson, Ariz.).

A confident, insightful player, Malaby has a strong command of his horn and a sure tone but also digs the wailing, frayed excursions practiced by those in the Albert Ayler tradition. For Sabino, his debut recording, Malaby works out his own middle ground: the quartet tempers the sounds of post-Ayler improvisation and integrates it into a more deliberate setting. Tight interplay and terse melodicism coexist with the burning sounds of free improvisation on Sabino and it results in flowing, expansive and seamless music.

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