Jack Walrath

A Plea for Sanity

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This is one of the best showcases for Jack Walrath's trumpet playing. Well featured in a trio with pianist Michael Cochrane and bassist Anthony Cox, Walrath plays five of his originals plus two by Cochrane. The music falls into the wide area of post-bop, more advanced than hard bop but not as free as most avant-garde music. Walrath, who has always had a gift for coming up with memorable song titles (including on this LP "Li'l Stinker," "A Plea for Sanity," and "At Home in Rome"), gives each selection its own purpose and his solos are full of spirit and consistent invention. Recommended.

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