Bob Fenton

Forth Inversion

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Five top Canadian players perform nine originals (eight by pianist Bob Fenton and one from bassist Dick Felix) on this modern hard bop date. Each of the musicians are quite strong. Trumpeter John MacLeod and Mike Murley (on tenor and soprano) are world-class players, as are the lesser-known members of the rhythm section. "The Everchanging Woman," which has an ending reminiscent of John Coltrane's "Naima," is an excellent ballad, while some of the medium-tempo pieces would have worked well in the repertoire of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers; other tunes are more advanced. Canadian players who choose to stay in their native country tend to be overlooked in the U.S. This swinging yet often unpredictable CD is a good example of what many jazz listeners have missed, and is well worth searching for.

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