Rob Levit

East River View

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This CD covers a wide area of modern music. Guitarist Rob Levit's quartet (which includes Chris Cheek on tenor and soprano, bassist Stephan Crump and drummer John Mettan) ranges in style from Charles Mingus (particularly on the tribute "Last Stop Cuernavaca") and Ornette Coleman-type free bop to spacier sounds, some violent interplay (the John Zorn-inspired "5 Miniatures"), and the freely improvised "Afterimage." Cheek's soft tone on tenor sometimes recalls Stan Getz, yet his improvising style is closer to Dewey Redman; Levit also shows a lot of flexibility. This stimulating set grows in interest with each listen.

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