Warne Marsh

Unissued Copenhagen Studio Recordings

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A masterful improviser who stayed creative within the boundaries of advanced chordal improvisation, tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh is heard in excellent form throughout this 1997 CD. Heading a pianoless trio that also includes bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson and drummer Alan Levitt, Marsh digs into a dozen of his favorite standards (which for once are not disguised with "original" new melodies) including "Confirmation," "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," "All the Things You Are," "When You're Smiling" and "Takin' a Chance on Love." This is a rather sparse setting and, despite occasional bass solos, the focus throughout is primarily on Marsh. Fortunately he was in fine form that day and the results are a fine effort.

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