Hugh Fraser

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Canadian Hugh Fraser doubles on piano and trombone, although mostly plays piano, on this set. Whenever he switches to trombone, tenor saxophonist Phil Dwyer moves over to the piano bench. With Campbell Ryga on alto and soprano, and fine backup work from bassist Chris Nelson and drummer Blaine Wikjord, the music on this album ranges from up-tempo blues ("Frank's Forever" and "Camalot") to "Mode to McCoy," haunting ballads and folk pieces worthy of Abdullah Ibrahim. Overall, the music is consistently stimulating and well worth searching out.

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