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Jay Brandford Septet
Seven Point Perspective  (AC-3711, released 1991)

Brandford currently fills the vital Harry Carney chair in the Mercer Ellington Band; his septet's 1991 recording featured young vets with the technique to play a lot of notes but the taste to pick the right ones. An excellent recording from an important late eighties Boston band: melodic, swinging, tasteful, alive.

"Mixes big-band elegance with Jazz Messengers horn shouts...Those who don't already know about the Boston-originated group are in for a treat."

-Dale Smoak, Boston Phoenix


"Superlative and swinging. These guys are as good as most major label small groups."

-James Isaccs, WBUR, Boston


Personnel: Andy Gravish, tp; Hal Crook, tb; Kenny Wenzel, tb (3,4); Jay Brandford, as, fl;

Dave Finucane, ts; Dan Trudell, pn; Ron McWhorter, bs; Matt Keeler, dms.


Tracks: 1.Drop Me Off in Brooklyn; 2.Blues Down in Red Hook; 3.Chezmo;

4.Crepuscule with Nellie; 5.Half Moon; 6. States of Mind; 7.Violet Blue;

8.Your Move; 9.Constellation.