Domenic Landolf

New Brighton

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Tenor saxophonist Domenic Landolf straddles the fence between odd-metered modal music, free improvisation, and a smattering of neo-bop. His trio, featuring bassist and fellow composer Patrice Moret, is exploratory without pushing the envelope, just a bit edgy, yet in many instances low-key. He's more surefooted on tricky material such as the title selection and "W.E.," adds bass clarinet or flute at times, and welcomes drummer Dejan Terzic's glockenspiel to brighten his otherwise terse but literate voicings. While the tracks unfold from easy swing to lively spirited expressions, you hear Landolf overall as a work in progress.

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