Scott Reeves Quintet: The Alchemist (album review by Christa V.)

This album was a happy accident of the COVID-19 pandemic in that Scott Reeves rediscovered this audio from a 2005 concert and decided to remaster and release it. There are certainly blips in the audio, this was never intended to be album quality, but the audio engineer did a terrific job and most of it sounds excellent. The resulting performance is relaxed and casual, not super showy until you realize the virtuosity to the performances. (For example, Reeves is likely playing both the alto valve trombone and alto flugelhorn at times.) The overall performance isn’t incredibly showy beyond the title track, but the music rewards you on repeat listens. Favorite tracks: 4, 6

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