Andy Fusco

Big Man's Blues

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Altoist Andy Fusco, a veteran of Buddy Rich & His Orchestra, sometimes recalls Lee Konitz or Jackie McLean in his playing, although he is usually pretty original. This session (comprised of seven standards and three originals by either Fusco or bassist John Goldsby) showcases Fusco with both a quartet and (with the addition of the John Coltrane-inspired tenor of Walt Weiskopf) a quintet. The music is primarily straight-ahead and dominated by the saxophonists, although pianist Renee Rosnes gets in a few good solos, as well. Highlights include "Embraceable You," "Stablemates," "My Old Flame," and "Little Melonae."

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