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Warne Marsh / Sal Mosca Quartet Volume 2

Warne Marsh, Sal Mosca, Frank Canino & Skip Scott

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This is the second volume of recordings made by pianist Sal Mosca of he and Warne Marsh's 1981 stand at the Village Vanguard. Except for a lugubrious variation on "Summertime" — "40 Steps" — this session is easily the equal of the contemporaneously released first volume. Mosca is more in the spotlight in Volume 2. Like the earlier volume, several of the tracks are solos excerpted from longer performances, and four of the five excerpts are Mosca solos. Also, "Kitty B." aka "You Don't Know What Love Is" is a distinctive solo piano ballad, its tenderness spiced with dissonant harmonies. Another highlight is "Way in There" a duet for Marsh and Mosca with the saxophonist, his Lester Young roots showing, taking the lead.

Biography

Born: October 26, 1927 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Along with Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh was the most successful "pupil" of Lennie Tristano and, unlike Konitz, Marsh spent most of his career exploring chordal improvisation the Tristano way. The cool-toned tenor played with Hoagy Carmichael's Teenagers during 1944-1945 and then after the Army, he was with Buddy Rich (1948) before working with Lennie Tristano (1949-1952). His recordings with Tristano and Konitz still sound remarkable today with unisons that make the two horns sound like one. Marsh had...
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