Pete DeLuke Quartet

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Peter DeLuke, despite a long career that included stints with the Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa orchestras, has managed to remain obscure. Essentially a bop soloist who has great respect for the swing tradition, the versatile player on his debut as a leader pays tribute to Stan Getz ("Lament for Stan," which he plays on alto), re-creates Artie Shaw's classic "Stardust" solo, takes a couple of vocals in a slightly high voice reminiscent of Chet Baker, and on tenor and alto at different times brings to mind Plas Johnson, Illinois Jacquet and Phil Woods. The backup rhythm section (pianist Stuart Elster, bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton) is strong, but primarily functions in support of the leader. With high-quality tunes (including a revival on clarinet of "Paganini Caprice #24") and consistently swinging soloing by Pete DeLuke, the music is quite enjoyable.

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