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Tenor saxophonist Zane Massey explores the inside and outside of jazz on this set of arresting originals. Massey's versatility allows him to move easily from surging free material to funk, and also effectively cover blues and hard bop. The songs aren't laborabory exercises; Massey and his mates burn on "Nu Kingdom," "Trickle Down Economics" and "Message From Trane." If you've been a little dismayed at the reverential mood and sensibility of much 1990s jazz, here's music that isn't polite or coy, but explosive.


Born: 1957

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s

The son of legendary (but barely documented) trumpeter-composer Cal Massey, Zane Massey grew up around music. Born in Philadelphia, he moved with his family shortly after to Brooklyn. Inspired by his father, Massey played early on in his dad's band and in his own Latin jazz group called the Young Blood Jazz Men. As a teenager he was working professionally and in the 1970's he recorded with Carlos Garnett. In the early 80's Massey was a member of Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society and the experience...
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1992

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