Records like this give me positive vibes about the future of jazz. Here are six players, only one of whom, bassist John Wiitala, is a familiar name to me. Shulman is responsible for seven of the nine selections, and his compositions flow with the essence of jazz: fresh and exciting melody lines, strong, confident improvisation, and a wealth of ideas. The album's only standard is a great one, Matt Dennis' "The Night We Called It A Day". Get ready for six youngsters brewing up a hard bop that's sure to please.
Cellar Live; 2017; appx. 67 min.
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