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Roy Nathanson, Curtis Fowlkes and the Jazz Passengers

  • Broken Night/Red Light [Disques de Crepuscle, 1987] B+

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Broken Night/Red Light [Disques de Crepuscle, 1987]
Sax man Nathanson is the second-best composer and best improviser (though not player) in the Lounge Lizards, trombonist Fowlkes his fellow traveler. Here they indulge their fondness for jazz of the real variety without sacrificing their sense of humor or taste in packaging. The tunes are warm but never corny, a distinction lost on the brothers Lurie. The free passages are kept to a modest minimum. The covers include a health-food "Rascal You" and Yiddish "Speedo." B+