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In My Youth

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Altoist Carl Grubbs and the late Earl Grubbs (who doubled on tenor and soprano) were cousins of John Coltrane and Trane's influence can be felt on this CD reissue (which adds a second version of the attractive original "In My Youth" to the original LP program). With the assistance of a fine rhythm section that includes pianist Sid Simmons and the young bassist Stanley Clarke, the Grubbs brothers dig into four of their originals plus "Giant Steps." Carl recalls Gary Bartz a bit while Earl mostly avoids sounding like Coltrane. Together the two saxophonists were very complementary (playing in similar styles) and their explorative improvisations are both unpredictable and logical. Worth picking up.

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