Alexander McCabe – Quiz

The listener is in for a treat any time an artist presents music that strikes a balance between catchy familiarity and aggressive creativity. Alto saxophonist Alexander McCabe accomplishes this with Quiz (Consolidated Artists Productions).

He’s accompanied by pianist Uri Caine, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummers Greg Hutchinson and Rudy Royston.

The set begins with the delightful “Weezie’s Waltz.” Played with an upbeat, 3-4 signature, this track shows the band’s playful side. McCabe plays with joy and freedom. Caine’s solo is brief but effective. Royston does a fine job, mixing things up on the drum kit while in the background, and also enjoying a solo.

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