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This 'stretch-out' album is well worth your effort. "Paolantonio, who studied with pianist and composer Lennie Tristano and uses his methods in this CD, mixes it up at the keyboard with jackhammer lines, crackling middle-register block chords, tinkling embellishments, dizzy counterpoint and walking bass figures. These are long performances - the shortest runs 8:13 - but, as they say, time flies when you're having fun. In addition to Paolantonio, bassist Don Gladstone, drummer Bobby Cohen, guitarist Scott Sawyer, and clarinetist & alto saxophonist Mike Waddell appear. Sawyer grabs you on the title cut with soul and intellect, sort of like bluesman B.B. King meeting jazzman Jim Hall. Waddell's clarinet is a revelation. Here's a Triangle area reedman that could give Eddie Daniels fits. Much of the consistent drive and lift of this album belongs to Gladstone and Cohen. You could go into battle riding on the bassist's big, indefatigable beat"--O. Cordle (N&O; 11/98).

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