Gary Thomas & Seventh Quadrant

Code Violations

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Tenor saxophonist Gary Thomas has always had a lot of musical courage. Although the rhythm section he uses on this set (which includes Paul Bollenback on guitar synth, keyboardist Tim Murphy, Anthony Cox or Geoff Harper on bass and Steve Williams or Dennis Chambers on drums) is quite funky, the funk rhythms are very unpredictable and constantly changing. Over the crowded backgrounds, Thomas (who doubles on flute) plays quite freely in a style reminiscent but not derivative of the concepts of Steve Coleman and Greg Osby. The 11 originals included on this Enja CD (Thomas' second session as a leader) are consistently disturbing and stimulating, with solos full of dissonance and unexpected moments.

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