Brian Buchanan

Soulstice

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On this excellent set, Canadian pianist Brian Buchanan plays standards and a few originals, revitalizing the straight-ahead music with fresh ideas and spirited playing. Buchanan and Phil Dwyer (heard on tenor and soprano) are the lead voices with Dwyer's passionate playing often taking solo honors. Bassist Jim Vivian and drummer Billy Drummond are excellent in support while vibraphonist Don Thompson is showcased on "Solstice" and "September." Among the highlights of this fine date are Horace Silver's "St. Vitus Dance," "Time on My Hands," "How Deep Is the Ocean," and "Close Enough for Love." Buchanan and Dwyer both deserve to be better known in the United States.