Carlos Garnett

Moon Shadow

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Tenor saxophonist Carlos Garnett is in fine form on this set, which is more accessible than expected considering his roots in the avant-garde. Although Garnett is the main soloist, there are spots for pianist Carlton Holmes (who deserves to be better known), trumpeter Derrick Gardner, and trombonist Robert Trowers. The music includes a Latinized version of "Giant Steps," a credible remake of "My Favorite Things," a lyrical "Delilah," and the up-tempo modal blues "McCoy Next Block" and "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise" among the highlights. Garnett's tone may take a little getting used to, and though there are quite a few familiar tunes on this album, these versions are fresh, creative, and often full of subtle surprises.

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