Warne Marsh

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The mid-'70s were a prime time for tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh, and this 1976 studio session is one of his best dates from this portion of his career. Leading a quartet with pianist Lou Levy, bassist Fred Atwood, and drummer Jake Hanna, Marsh's sophisticated solo work shines no matter what the setting, be it his brisk bop vehicle "I Have a Good One for You," a warm rendition of a standard like "Easy Living," or Levy's slow, engaging blues "On Purpose." The leader also revisits familiar territory with a wild take of Lennie Tristano's "317 East 32nd" (itself based on the standard "Out of Nowhere") and also tackles frequent saxophone partner Lee Konitz's "Subconscious-Lee" (based on "What Is This Thing Called Love"). Recorded for the Nessa label, this excellent LP will be somewhat difficult to acquire.

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