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Album Review

This free bop session (which is often quite free but often has a strong pulse) is one of altoist Oliver Lake's more rewarding sessions. Guitarist Kevin Eubanks sometimes seems a bit out of place (generally he plays in more conservative settings), but pianist Geri Allen, bassist Fred Hopkins, and drummer Pheeroan AkLaff are quite comfortable thinking on their feet during these spirited performances.


Born: 14 September 1942 in Marianna, AR

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Oliver Lake is an explosively unpredictable soloist, somewhat akin to Eric Dolphy in the ultra-nimble manner in which he traverses the full range of his main horn, the alto. Lake's astringent saxophone sound is his trademark — piercing, bluesy, and biting in the manner of a Maceo Parker, it was a perfect lead voice...
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