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Grand Central ~ Sax Storm (new)

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Grand Central: Ravi Coltrane (tenor & soprano saxophones); Antoine Roney (tenor saxophone); Jacky Terrasson (piano); Santi DeBriano (bass); Cindy Blackman (drums).Personnel: Ravi Coltrane (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Antoine Roney (tenor saxophone); Jacky Terrasson (piano); Cindy Blackman (drums).Liner Note Author: Larry Blumenfeld. Recording information: Centerfield Productions, New York, NY (06/01/1993/06/02/1993).Photographers: David Tan; Alan Nahigian; R. Andrew Lepley. Grand Central is a straight-ahead, all-acoustic jazz quintet that, in 1993, consisted of Ravi Coltrane on tenor and soprano sax, Antoine Roney on strictly tenor sax, Jacky Terrasson on piano, Santi DeBriano on bass, and Cindy Blackman on drums. Nothing earth-shattering or unusual occurs on the group's debut album, Sax Storm, a conventional post-bop/hard-bop date that was recorded in 1993 but often sounds like it could have been done in the early '60s. Still, performances of overdone standards like "Body and Soul," "You Go to My Head," and Miles Davis' "Solar" (one of the many bop tunes based on "How High the Moon") are decent and competent, if predictable, and it's clear that all of the musicians have solid chops. ~ Alex Henderson
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