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From delicately scored ballads to a raucous take on "Caravan," Bay-Area guitarist Mason Razavi's second volume of his "Quartet Plus" series inhabits the great traditional jazz forms while enhancing them with modern textures and rhythms, creating a work that should leave jazz aficionados of various stripes nodding in approval. Working with pianist Bennett Roth-Newell, bassist Dan Robbins and drummer Cody Rhodes, the "Plus" is a five-piece horn section featured on several dynamic and intricately arranged compositions. "Evocative storytelling is the hallmark of Razavi's music." - All About Jazz
Riverbed; Blues in New Hues; Looking Forward, Looking Back; Blue and Grey Waltz; With the Wind at My Back; When the Ink Ran Dry; Grvünkabop; Portrait for Mingus; Through the Fog; Caravan.
Quartet (Tracks 1-5) —Mason Razavi: guitar; Bennett Roth-Newell: piano, keyboards; Dan Robbins: acoustic and electric basses; Cody Rhodes: drums. Quartet Plus (Tracks 6-10) —Justin Smith: trumpet, flugehorn; Ben Torres: alto sax, clarinet; Oscar Pangilinan: tenor and soprano saxes, clarinet; Kevin Bryson: trombone; Alex Murzyn: baritone sax, clarinet, bass clarinet.
June 21, 2017
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