Ari Ambrose

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On his fifth Steeplechase outing, Ari Ambrose returns to a piano-less trio setting, enlisting Jay Anderson on bass and Jeff Williams on drums. The young tenor saxophonist opts for canonical jazz tunes over originals this time, beginning and ending in 3/4 with Frank Rosolino's "Blue Daniel" and Wayne Shorter's "United," respectively. (The Shorter piece closed out an earlier Steeplechase disc, Kevin Hays' Ugly Beauty, which also featured Jeff Williams.) Ambrose goes on to interpret Monk, Strayhorn, Jobim, Coltrane, and even Stevie Wonder ("How Can You Believe"). With a deep, throaty, rhythmically relaxed sound, he plays impressively on a fairly wide range of material, and he thrives with this seasoned and flexible rhythm section.

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