Michael Carvin

First Time

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Despite the title, this was actually drummer Michael Carvin's second date as a leader. Leading an advanced band that has either John Stubblefield or Ron Bridgewater on tenor, either Claudio Roditi or Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, trombonist Frank Lacy, pianist Onaje Gumbs and bassist David Williams, Carvin performs two group originals and three familiar standards. The playing is uniformly passionate and Carvin (who had a great deal of experience playing in funky settings) pushes the soloists. This is an obscure date worth picking up.

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