Bill Kirchner

Trance Dance: Live in Concert

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Throughout the 1980s, saxophonist Bill Kirchner led a top-notch post-bop nonet. He considers the high point of the group's existence to be its 1990 recorded concert, which has been released complete on this two-CD set. All of his musicians (who include tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama, trumpeters Brian Lynch and Bud Burridge, bass trombonist Douglas Purviance, pianist Carlton Holmes, bassist Chip Jackson, drummer Ron Vincent, and Michael Rabinowitz on bassoon) have their opportunities to be featured, with Lynch, Lalama, and particularly Rabinowitz (the first major jazz bassoon soloist) taking honors. The music ranges from the opening blues "Trance Dance" and Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes" to some ensembles worthy of Charles Mingus and a surprise closer in Burt Bacharach's "Close to You" (a showcase for the leader's soprano). The music is consistently stimulating, contains plenty of variety, and always holds onto one's interest. Recommended.

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