P.J. Perry

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One of the top bop-based alto saxophonists in Canada, P.J. Perry is quite unknown in the United States, although a 1990 Concord album helped give him a little bit of visibility. This set from the Canadian Unity label features Perry with an all-star rhythm section comprised of pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Neil Swainson, and drummer Victor Lewis. Perry swings on three originals, two obscurities, and four standards (including "If I Should Lose You" and Charlie Parker's "Cheryl"). Perry is the Canadian equivalent to Sonny Stitt, in style if not output, and his music is well worth exploring by straight-ahead jazz fans. A fine effort.

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