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Album Review

Ted Nash wrote all eight selections for this release, and although none of his originals are that memorable by themselves, the playing is consistently high quality. Four of the eight selections team him with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (who takes a particularly hot solo on "The Shooting Star"), while the others have Marcus Printup in Marsalis' place. The quintet performances are excellent, with drummer Matt Wilson sometimes sounding a bit like Ed Blackwell, bassist Ben Allison being stimulating in support, and pianist Frank Kimbrough taking several fine solos. Although Nash's post-bop date would have been improved if the material were more distinctive (perhaps including a few standards), the musicians are all in fine form.

Biography

Born: 28 December 1959

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Not to be confused with the swing-playing uncle he was named after, the younger Ted Nash is a tenor and alto saxophonist who has played a lot of hard bop and post-bop but has also been comfortable in some more experimental avant-garde situations. Nash grew up in Los Angeles, where he was first exposed to jazz as a child thanks to his abovementioned uncle (a jazz reedman/studio player who was known for his associations with Les Brown in the 1940s and Henry Mancini in the 1960s) and his father, trombonist...
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