The group Jazzantiqua back in 1983 sought to combine together Baroque music with jazz, driven by the fact that when Baroque music was first performed, it often contained improvisation. Frederic Hand is heard on guitar, lute, and the vihuela (a Spanish guitar of the 16th century), performing original works that utilize Baroque-era themes and unusual arrangements that are somewhat thought-provoking (even if they were ultimately not influential at all). Hand is assisted by the great soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, keyboardist Teddy Saunders, Keith Underwood on flutes and recorders, bassist Michael Willens, and percussionist Joseph Passaro, with guest spots for cellist Nancy Donaruma and Donald York on Devil stick, synth, and clavinet. For specialized tastes, but worth exploring.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow