Jeff Beal

Perpetual Motion

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Trumpeter Jeff Beal, who has very impressive technique, displays obvious love for both jazz and classical music during his nine compositions included on this release. On "Exit Only"' Beal's tone might immediately recall Chuck Mangione but his solo is much more advanced. The gospellish "Crossing The River" (which has a colorful tradeoff between Beal and tenorman Bob Mintzer) is reminiscent of Keith Jarrett while the colorful funk of "Meshugenah Man" would have fit in perfectly in the repertoire of Miles Davis' 1980's band. The second half of the set really puts the focus on Jeff Beal's playing for he is the only horn (except for two appearances by Larry Schneider on tenor) in addition to being the keyboardist (via overdubbing). Highlights include Beal's playful interaction with Mary Corbett-Laven's violin during "Zarzuela" and his solo on the funky "Round A'bout." Stimulating and thought-provoking music.

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