Wally Shoup

Blue Purge

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The trio of altoist Wally Shoup, bassist Reuben Radding and drummer Bob Rees create 11 group improvisations on this CD. Shoup has a powerful tone and sometimes distorts his sound in a way reminiscent of late-'60s Pharoah Sanders although overall he is a more lyrical player. Radding and especially Rees are rarely content to merely accompany Shoup and they constantly make their presence known. Although some of these selections are screamfests, other pieces are freely improvised ballads. There is variety in moods and methods, the musicians are excellent and they work together quite well. Each of the players deserve to be better known.

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