Paul Plummer

Driving Music: A Great Concert, Vol. 1

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Since appearing as a sideman on two of George Russell's classic exploratory albums of the 1960s, tenor saxophonist Paul Plummer more or less disappeared from the world stage. Here, he and drummer Ron Enyard co-lead a strong, though somewhat ordinary-sounding, Cincinnati-based hard bop quintet through a set of five cuts. The rather conventional lineup of sax and flugelhorn (Al Kiger), backed by rhythm (Enyard plus bassist Lou Lausche and pianist Charles Wilson) produces some fine straight-ahead jazz. It is the piano, though, on Wilson's solo feature "Song One," that steals the show. Clocking in at nearly 24 minutes, Wilson packs in the entire jazz tradition in this tour de force, covering the gamut from stride to blues to the avant-garde. Wilson is a thrilling performer, and this piece alone is worth the price of the CD.

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