Bill Ware & The Club Bird All-Stars

Long & Skinny

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Recorded live at the Knitting Factory, this session from vibraphonist Bill Ware features a fine sextet with Jay Rodrigues on tenor and soprano, trombonist Josh Roseman and keyboardist Matt King. The music is straightahead but modern with some of the originals taking long glances in the direction of Charles Mingus and John Coltrane. All of the soloists fare well (check out Ware on the "Giant Steps" changes of "Don't Stop Now"), the ensembles are consistently colorful and the compositions (all but two by the leader) have plenty of variety in tempos and moods. There is not a weak track among the ten selections with Ware's unaccompanied brooding ballad "Love Is Blues" being a highpoint.

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