Dana Landra

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The Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Dana Landry is also a fine modern mainstream pianist. His set is actually dominated by the presence of vibraphonist Gary Burton. Burton is the star soloist on the selections on which he appears (no great surprise there), and the originals by Landry and bassist Erik Applegate are in a style not that different than Burton usually plays. Saxophonist Don Aliquo (best on tenor) has a few solid solos and the rhythm section is supportive of Landry and Burton. This is a fine release overall, although one would prefer that Dana Landry had stretched out much more.

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