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Curtis Macdonald: Twice Through the Wall

As he demonstrated on Community Immunity, his 2011 album for Dave Douglas’ Greenleaf label, Curtis Macdonald is an alto saxophonist of style and expressive power. But on two of the three songs on this 20-minute EP, he holds back as a soloist, allowing rawboned tenor saxophonist Jeremy Viner and sharp-edged drummer Adam Jackson-and Macdonald’s intricate … Read More “Curtis Macdonald: Twice Through the Wall”

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Curtis Macdonald: Community/Immunity

Inventive alto saxophonist Curtis Macdonald, a Canadian currently based in Brooklyn, applies his buttery tone and skewed sensibilities to several intriguing tracks on his debut as a leader. While grooving, twisting numbers like “Figmentum II,” the urgent “Second Guessing” and the angular title track may recall the early M-Base experiments of alto saxophonists Greg Osby … Read More “Curtis Macdonald: Community/Immunity”

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