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Loaded from a bygone era, firing on full and hitting the target. Sharp shooting from the Yao/Smith/Hughes Sextet.
The Yao Smith Hughes Sextet brings a fresh, new set of original compositions following in the footsteps of the straight-ahead jazz tradition of Detroit. Hard-bopping melodies, tight 3-horn arrangements, colorful voicings, driving swing feel and soulful grooves are all trademarks of "The Gates". Trombonist John Yao, trumpeter Jimmy Smith and saxophonist James Hughes team up for a co-led sextet recording with each leader contributing original compositions. The soulful grooving title track “The Gates,” composed by Jimmy Smith, displays the balanced and clear ensemble blend of the horns.
I-75 @ 5; Hell Gate; Subterranean Miner; The Gates; Ice On Snow; Sophia's Song; The Ride Home; At Peace; Dog Days.
John Yao: trombone; Jimmy Smith: trumpet, flugelhorn; James Hughes: soprano/alto/tenor saxophones; Corey Kendrick: piano; Jeff Pedraz: bass; Nick Collins: drums.
July 30, 2019
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