Steve Nelson Quintet

Live Session, Vol. 1

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This date features a quintet co-led by alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, but most of the CD is devoted to the hard-hitting vibraphonist's compositions. "New Beginning" serves as a thunderous introduction to the quintet, which features pianist Donald Brown, bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Victor Lewis as well. Watson contributed the tasty low-key ballad "Quiet as It Is Kept," and a long, very intense workout of "Afro Blue" serves as the focal point, with everyone in top form.

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