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George Coleman: The Quartet (Smoke Sessions)

It took nearly 20 years for tenor saxophonist George Coleman to bring his working quartet (featuring the late pianist Harold Mabern, in one of his final recording sessions, along with bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth) into the studio. That wait time is the only real complaint about The Quartet. It’s as straight-ahead an … Read More “George Coleman: The Quartet (Smoke Sessions)”

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Steve Turre: The Very Thought of You (Smoke Sessions)

Steve Turre is often commended for his ability to blow breakneck runs on the trombone with the intricacy and agility of a trumpeter or alto saxophonist. Often overlooked is the subtlety and warmth he musters up when he’s not in a hurry, and it’s that side that’s the focus of most of this ballads-dominated set, … Read More “Steve Turre: The Very Thought of You (Smoke Sessions)”

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Brian Charette/George Coleman: Groovin’ With Big G (SteepleChase)

Brian Charette brings a modern sensibility to the Hammond B-3 organ, especially with his experimental trio Kurrent, in which he incorporates synthesizers. But his new album with the legendary saxophonist George Coleman is a complete throwback. It’s a 1960s-style blowing session that recalls titans like Jack McDuff and Jimmy McGriff. The quartet includes Coleman’s son … Read More “Brian Charette/George Coleman: Groovin’ With Big G (SteepleChase)”

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