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Wind Inventions

Bill Easley

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Album Review

There are some special moments on this set from multi-reedist Bill Easley, who is mostly heard here on clarinet and flute. With support from pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Victor Gaskin, and drummer Tony Reedus, Easley performs a particularly memorable set. Among the highlights are "Wind Inventions" (which has Easley overdubbed on a few clarinets and flutes), "Sticking" (a clarinet workout on "After You've Gone"), a rare uptempo version of "Come Sunday," Easley's fine clarinet on "All Too Soon," and a feature for his alto on "Waltz for the Ball," which is dedicated to Cannonball Adderley. Everything works and this date, Bill Easley's first as a leader, still ranks with his very best.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

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

An extremely versatile and gifted reed player, Bill Easley's displayed a polished, forceful sound on alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; flute; and clarinet. He attended Memphis State University during the '60s, and later worked with Isaac Hayes and did sessions at Stax. Easley moved back to New York and has recorded sessions for Sunnyside and Milestone. He's played with Sir Roland Hanna, James Williams, Bill...
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