Don Rader

A Foreign Affair

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Don Rader had a rare chance in 1990 to lead his own session, and although the repertoire boasts two Ornette Coleman tunes and four of the cornetist's originals, the style is clearly bop. Teamed with the talented altoist Lanny Morgan, guitarist Ron Eschete (who functions here almost like an electric keyboard), bassist Dave Enos and drummer John Perett, the result is high-quality straight-ahead jazz. The quintet unfortunately treats the Ornette tunes as simple medium-tempo blues, ignoring the potential freedom, but the music overall is enjoyable. Highlights include the title cut (which gives Morgan a chance to express his individuality on soprano) and Rader's lyrical ballad feature on "Misty." Worth searching for.

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