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The killer band on the album—vibist Hutcherson, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, reedist Sam Rivers, pianist Andrew Hill, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Joe Chambers—bring the tunes, by Hill and Chambers, to vivid life. Dialogue is one of the best recordings from an era marked by a deluge of out-leaning efforts by a loose association of sympathetic, powerful musicians, which also included reedists Jackie McLean and Joe Henderson. Shelton's group lacks a trumpeter, but its lineup is excellent: drummer Tim Daisy, vibist Jason Adasiewicz (who's frequently and inaccurately compared to Hutch), pianist Marc Riordan, and bassist Anton Hatwich. Unlike the Rosaly project, Green and Gold, which is ongoing, tonight's combo has no plans to reconvene—but the show should be a blast.
John Zorn, Filmworks XI, 2002 Volume One: Secret Lives (Tzadik)
Spur, Of the Moments (Galactic Zoo Disc/Drag City)
Osvaldo Coluccino, Neuma Q (Die Schachtel)
Kevin Drumm, Necro Acoustic (Pica Disk)
Perez Prado & His Orchestra, Kuba-Mambo (Tumbao)