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Published: 6 Jun 2024. Updated: 43 days.

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Michael Olatuja, photo: Whirlwind/Bandcamp

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Instrumentals album of the week: Nicole McCabe, Mosaic, Ghost Note Records ***1/2

One of the most spirited new saxophonist leaders to chart a certain tradition in transition to emerge from the west coast of the US in recent years no newcomer altoist Nicole McCabe gets the imprimatur of Jeff Parker who produces here and makes a …

Published: 5 Jun 2024. Updated: 43 days.

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One of the most spirited new saxophonist leaders to chart a certain tradition in transition to emerge from the west coast of the US in recent years no newcomer altoist Nicole McCabe gets the imprimatur of Jeff Parker who produces here and makes a difference taking what she does to new heights.

Essentially a bebopper whose compositional sense keeps things modernistic in feel if not always outcome - rather than sticking to trying to re-create the 1940s - has strong support from pianist Julius Rodriguez on opener 'Walking Statue' while the bass role of her Dolphin Hyperspace playing partner Logan Kane is significant on the balladic feel of 'Tight Grip'.

Tortoise legend Parker himself pops up on the same track and there are spots elsewhere from trombonist Jon Hatamiya and trumpeter Aaron Janik while the drummer so propulsive throughout is Tim Angulo. Even better than 2022 release Landscapes and just as refreshing as Live at Jamboree.