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Sleight of Hand

★★★★ Whirl­wind Records

The mem­bers of the New York Stan­dards Quar­tet have all op­er­ated at the sharp end of the post-bop spec­trum, writ­ing their own ma­te­rial and lead­ing their own groups, but this project, born in Ja­pan 10 years ago, sees them use that shared lan­guage to ex­plore the stan­dard reper­toire that they were reared on. The deft, sat­is­fy­ingly open, at times tele­pathic ex­changes here be­tween sax­o­phon­ist Tim Ar­ma­cost, pi­anist David Berk­man, bassist Daiki Ya­suk­a­gawa and drum­mer Gene Jack­son, on well-sea­soned chest­nuts like Monk’s Ask Me Now, Elling­ton’s In a Sen­ti­men­tal Mood, and Hank Mob­ley’s This I

Dig of You, prove joy­ously and con­clu­sively that, con­trary to cer­tain opin­ion on this side of At­lantic, there is life in the old stan­dards yet. whirl­win­drecord­ings.com

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