Randy Sandke

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For the second straight CD, trumpeter Randy Sandke was teamed up with tenor saxophonist Ken Peplowski, who switches to clarinet on three songs. Although best known for his playing in trad and swing settings, Sandke goes out of his way to show off his versatility on this sextet date, which also features trombonist Robert Trowers, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist John Goldsby and drummer Terry Clarke. In addition to a few vintage numbers ("Let Me Sing and I'm Happy," "You" and Duke Ellington's "Black Beauty"), Sandke and the other players also perform Thelonious Monk's obscure "Humph," Miles Davis' "Deception" and Charles Mingus' "Boogie Stop Shuffle," among others. No matter what the style, Sandke swings hard and adds warmth to the interpretations; Peplowski plays on the same high level. Well worth picking up.

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