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Walter Bell and the L.J.U.: In Three Places at Once

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Flutist Walter Bell’s album In Three Places at Once is something of a musical triptych in that it is a complete work divided into three discrete units. The album is comprised of three sets, each recorded in a different venue with a different ensemble. The only constant is Bell’s agile and inventive flute work.

The first set, recorded in-studio, has the relaxed, spontaneous feel of a live performance, especially on the swinging Bell original “95 North to Philly” and a rollicking take on the Gershwins’ “A Foggy Day in London Town.” On Rodgers and Hammerstein’s show tune “Something Wonderful,” singer Ruth Naomi Floyd turns in a pleasant performance, but Bell’s presence is so understated that he seems nearly absent from his own track.

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