Graham Bruce

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A variety of top San Francisco Bay area musicians are heard on this release from trumpeter Graham Bruce. Bruce is heard leading four different quintets from the 1990-1996 period, but despite the changes in personnel and the time difference, there is a strong unity to the set. The music is all solid modern hard bop with the combos interpreting four Bruce originals, one by Stephanie Bruce, two by Bliss Rodriguez, and four not overly played standards. With Sheldon Brown, Christopher Pitts, Scott Petersen, and Noel Jewkes taking turns on tenor and several fine rhythm sections helping out, the mellow-toned Bruce excels with each group.