David Brandom

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by Scott Yanow

David Brandom is a fine hard bop tenor saxophonist whose tone recalls Hank Mobley in spots, although his ideas are also open to the influence of John Coltrane. Jim O'Connor works well with Brandom, keeping the Lee Morgan sound alive during the songs on which he appears. Brandom contributed eight of the nine selections (all but Wes Montgomery's "Full House") and, although most of the melodies are not too memorable (the ballads are particularly dry), the chord changes often challenge the players. "Gusano Loco" is catchy and the group sounds particularly enthusiastic on the cooking swinger "Flat Out" and "Full House." Overall, this is an excellent modern mainstream jazz set from some talented up-and-coming players.

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