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Apex by Rudresh Mahanthappa
Released: Sep 2010
Label: Pi Recordings
The album opens with a welcome and then gallops straight to "Summit," which could make you worried for your ears in this dual-sax encounter between Mahanthappa and sax elder statesman Bunky Green. Resolutely post-bop as it is, Apex doesn't just push the pedal to the floor and go: It spars on "Who?" and treads upon small, circular mountains of sound in "Playing With Stones." Translation: it's got dynamics. Green, who learned much of his technique studying Algerian street musicians, was a major influence on Mahanthappa, and hearing them trade ideas is a rare treat.
Sarah Bardeen


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