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Live At Sweet Basil

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Nick Brignola, normally one of jazz's top baritone saxophonists, is also featured on alto and soprano throughout this live quartet date. Joined by pianist Mike Holober, bassist Rich Syracuse, and drummer Dick Berk, Brignola stretches out on five standards and Wayne Shorter's "Mahjong"; the shortest performance is almost nine minutes long. Brignola proves to be an underrated alto and soprano saxophonist, although baritone was clearly his strongest ax. This is a superior and boppish blowing session with the underrated Brignola heard in his usual consistent top form.

Biography

Born: 17 July 1936 in Troy, NY

Genre: Jazz

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

Nick Brignola's 45-year career brought him into contact with many of the most accomplished mainstream improvisers of his generation. Primarily identified with the baritone saxophone, he also performed and recorded using alto and soprano as well as flute and clarinet. Never exactly famous in the U.S. yet greatly appreciated by jazz lovers at home and by the international jazz community at large (especially during his final decade of activity), Brignola cut more than 20 albums as a leader and worked...
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