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Now!

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The fluid, sudden note runs and quiescent melodies of Roy Campbell Jr.'s trumpet (Tazz Ensemble, Pyramid Trio) make for an unforgettable cachet to the opening 33-minute opus, "For the Glass Tear/After Evening's Orange." It is a complex and expansive trumpet fantasy supported reverently by Daniel Carter on saxophone. This outfit stands on a decade-and-a-half of existence. A melding, a deep sense of communication developed over that time is exemplified in "Tears for Boy Wonder (For Winton Marsalis)." Here, bassist extraordinaire William Parker (David S. Ware, William Parker's Little Huey Orchestra, etc.) introduces a plaintive conversation between his instrument and Campbell's. These half-dozen group improvisations are intelligent and moving examples of a stunning group vocabulary built on the kaleidoscope foundation of rhythm section Parker and drummer Rashid Bakr, the two first together in Cecil Taylor's outfit. Fascinating and richly woven, Now! is a classic mosaic of the current state of the N.Y.C. free jazz scene.

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