Joris Teepe

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On his second CD for Mons, the left-handed Dutch bassist performs with the same group as the first CD Pay as You Earn, which was co-led by Don Braden (with the exception of Darrell Grant replacing Cyrus Chestnut). Ironically this session could also have been co-led by Braden, for it is his tenor and soprano saxes that stand out on most of the ten selections, a mixture of originals and jazz classics. Highlights include: a finger-snapping arrangement of Benny Golson's "Whisper Not"; Teepe's "Amsterdam Avenue," featuring and out-of-tempo intro that develops into a blistering tempo with blazing solos by Tom Harrell and Braden, while Allen sets the pace on his drums; Teepe's spin on Miles Davis' "So What" titled "So What Next"; and Teepe's bass feature on Duke Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." A good session by a fine group of players.

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