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The Province
Alexander McCabe: "Quiz"
By Stuart Derdeyn

Alto saxophonist McCabe's first new release in half a decade finds him blowing in fine form on this easy-going but invigorated album. Opening with the 5/4 time "Weezie's Waltz" dedicated to his niece, the love of traditional playing is clear. Backed by the incredible Uri Caine on piano, bassist Ugonna Ukegwo and drummers Greg Hutchinson and Rudy Royston, the piece snaps into its swinging lines and is indeed "pretty and quirky." The title tune is a boppy number that showcses Ukegwo's fat bass lines and Royston's excellent trap work. A work skirting tradition and innovation played this well is always a welcome addition to any collection. Grade: B+

 

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