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Rudy Royston Trio: Rise of Orion (Greenleaf)

The piano-less trio is tailor-made for Rudy Royston. The combustible combinations the drummer derives from his kit contain enough rhythmic refreshment, textural variation and ensemble ingenuity to compensate for any absence of chordal or harmonic intrigue. He’s a dynamo who can be feathery or wry as the situation warrants. Rise of Orion is the sort … Read More “Rudy Royston Trio: Rise of Orion (Greenleaf)”

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Doug Webb: Triple Play

Tenor saxophone junkies unite. Why aren’t more records made this way? Position three powerhouse tenors across a stereo system’s soundstage, left (Walt Weiskopf), center (Doug Webb), right (Joel Frahm). Hire a fearless organist (Brian Charette) and a tempestuous drummer (Rudy Royston). When all hell breaks loose, run for cover. Four of these players have significant … Read More “Doug Webb: Triple Play”

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