George Cables

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This intriguing set for pianist George Cables is in some ways a throwback to the 1970s. Although he has often played hard bop in recent times, in the '70s he was more eclectic, so he is heard on both acoustic and electric pianos. The music (all his originals except for the spiritual "Go Down Moses") is soulful and sometimes funky, hinting at 1970s fusion and pop in spots while still swinging. Cables is heard with two different rhythm sections (either bassist Abraham Laboriel and drummer Peter Erskine or bassist Alphonso Johnson and drummer Vinny Coliauta) with guest appearances from Bennie Maupin on bass clarinet and altoist Gary Bartz. This small label release is worth searching for.

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