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Jazz Weekly Review: Clifford Lamb: Blues & Hues

By May 6, 2019 No Comments

Pianist/composer Clifford Lamb brings together an all star post bop team of Cindy Blackman Santana/dr, Buster Williams/b, Nicolas Payton/tp, Tariqh Akoni/g, Justin Klunkfl, Scott Mayofl and a vocal team for some rich and ambitious musings.

The center pieces are two takes of “Peace Requiem,” the first a mix of pastoral flute and gospel by Laura Vall, and the second, longer one stretching out in ambition and including even some rap by Anacron. The team gets soft and meditative “No Regrets” setting a rich framework for Payton’s bluesy horn and the team hiply follows Lamb’s lead on a pulsating “Blues and Hues.” Unassuming in its downplayed charms.

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