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The recording covers a nice range within its mostly mainstream sound, with touches of Coltrane in the pretty soprano sax solo Adam Kolker delivers on the album's opening track, "Tribute" (which you can hear below), while the buoyant "No Blues No Really No Blues" serves up a taste of west-coast jazz, particularly in the high-level mutlilinear interplay between saxophonists Kolker, Dayna Stephens, and Billy Drewes. On his midtempo swinger "Deep High Wide Sky" Berkman locks in with Stephens in remarkable fashion, unfurling simultaneous lines that constantly shed new light on what the other is doing. Berkman rolls into town for a weekend engagement at the Green Mill tonight and tomorrow—Stephens, drummer Rudy Royston, and bassist Ed Howard join him.
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