Sarah Bissonnette

Here Comes Sarah

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Sarah Bissonette, heard on her second album as a leader, is a forceful and percussive tenor saxophonist. Unfortunately she and trumpeter Ken Pye (whose role model is Kid Thomas Valentine) are frequently out of tune on this rambunctious set of New Orleans-flavored jazz, which is why the rating is lower than usual. The tunes are ensemble-oriented with some hot solos along the way (including from trombonist Paul Munnery, clarinetist Frank Brooker, and the fine pianist Pat Hawes), but a five-minute group tune-up would have improved the music quite a bit.