Joshua Breakstone


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Echoes Review

by Scott Yanow

Guitarist Joshua Breakstone gained some initial recognition for this recording, his first for a medium-size label (following two sets for the tiny Sonora company). Breakstone welcomes two major players (baritonist Pepper Adams and pianist Kenny Barron) to a bop-oriented program also including bassist Dennis Irwin and drummer Keith Copeland. The repertoire is quite interesting, for in addition to a pair of Rodgers & Hart tunes, Breakstone's quintet performs Thad Jones' "Bird Song," Bud Powell's "Oblivion" and two obscure but swinging Barry Harris songs. There are fine solos all around, particularly from Pepper Adams, who only had eight months left to live. Worth searching for.

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