Andre Caporaso

Avenue 5

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The music on this CD features five southern California players performing diverse post bop originals. Caporaso, who plays guitar and contributed all ten songs, generously features the reeds of Kurt McGettrick (bass clarinet, baritone, flute, and contrabass clarinet) and Steve Marsh (flute, clarinet, alto, tenor, and soprano) with stimulating backing by bassist Dean Taba and drummer Randy Drake. Despite the lack of name recognition (Taba is the best known of the players), the strong writing, excellent musicianship, and constant creativity (along with fine communication among the players) make this an obscure but worthy set well worth acquiring.

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