Charlie Shoemake

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Record dates by the boppish vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake are relatively infrequent but always rewarding. This Muse LP teams Shoemake with the high-powered tenor of Pete Christlieb, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Mark Helias and drummer Ben Riley for six obscure and often complex but swinging pieces, three by the leader. Sandi Shoemake takes a sweet vocal on "The Dream," and Christlieb competes with Shoemake for solo honors throughout the stimulating set.

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