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TuneTown: Entering Utopia (album review by Christa V.)

This is TuneTown’s second album, completed amidst various other projects that the ensemble members were working on. The group is a trio of saxophone, bass, and drums, which makes for a really interesting sound. There’s no instruments playing the chords, so in its weak moments it can feel sparse but at its best the listener can hear what every musician is doing and thinking. It’s very different from most other jazz groups I’ve heard. A great example is on “Layla Tov,” here the saxophone and bass come through clearly with the melody and the drums serve as excellent accompaniment. It is great to actually hear the bass! The album itself is mostly original compositions, with two standards thrown in. But even the standards are highly improvisational with creative transitions and extrapolations off the melody. A fascinating and fun album, it’s a great complement to any jazz listening.  Favorite tracks: 3, 4, 10

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