Oliver Lake

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The follow-up to Oliver Lake's successful Gallery is almost up to the same high level. Joined by pianist Geri Allen, bassist Santi Debriano and drummer Pheeroah akLaff ("Lef' Sided" adds both Gene Lake and Brandon Ross on drums), Lake performs six diverse originals which could be considered to be free bop. One can hear the connection between this music and straight-ahead jazz, but Lake's free flights are quite unpredictable, if ultimately logical. Stimulating music.

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