Ira Sullivan

Ira Sullivan Does It All

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Most of the recordings by the early-'80s Red Rodney-Ira Sullivan Quintet were issued under Rodney's name, but this outing for Muse was an exception. With pianist Garry Dial, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Steve Bagby completing the unit, this was a mighty group that consistently inspired Rodney to play music more advanced than bebop. Sullivan, who switches between soprano, alto and flugelhorn, matched well with Rodney. They perform five fairly concise pieces (including "The More I See You" and "Amazing Grace"), plus lengthy renditions of John Coltrane's "Central Park West" and Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance"; the latter two pieces add the effective bassoon of Mike Rabinowitz (the first fulltime jazz bassoonist). Recommended.

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