Mason Brothers, Two Sides One Story [Archival Records]

Reminiscent of the classic two-horn writing on early- ’60s Blue Note sides, yet leading-edge in the vocabulary of the improvised solos and support, this outstanding debut disc by the English-born Mason Brothers (trumpeter Brad and trombonist Elliot) affirms the New York City jazz cycle.
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Reminiscent of the classic two-horn writing on early- ’60s Blue Note sides, yet leading-edge in the vocabulary of the improvised solos and support, this outstanding debut disc by the English-born Mason Brothers (trumpeter Brad and trombonist Elliot) affirms the New York City jazz cycle. The brothers gather vets Scott Colley, pianist Dave Kikoski, drummer Antonio Sanchez, and saxman Chris Potter (plus liner notes by Wynton Marsalis), who thoroughly embrace the eight originals. This includes the Latin-shaded “24/7,” which boasts the bass-clef brilliance of Elliot (whose musicalminded technical mastery of the trombone summons Hadrien Feraud on bass); “Stage Pints,” an anagram of “Giant Steps” (with the latter’s backwards melody as part of the head); the reflective ballad “Gone Home”; and “Outside In,” a 12-bar bop blues capped by a probing solo from Colley, whose seeing-eye bass work is a CD-wide catalyst.

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