Benny Sharoni – Slant Signature

With a style compared to that of Sonny Rollins, Benny Sharoni delivers a beauty in Slant Signature (Papaya Records, 2015). It’s a set that simultaneously showcases his mastery of the tenor saxophone and the elegant side of jazz.

Accompanying Sharoni are Jim Rotondi, trumpet; Joe Barbato, piano; Mike Mele, guitar; Todd Baker, bass; and Steve Langone, drums.

“Minor City,” one of five original songs in the set, starts in dynamic fashion. Sharoni and Rotondi share the lead during the opening sequence. Then the two take turns out front, delivering high-energy, rapid-fire phrases. The rhythm section is locked in throughout. Barbato also gets to stretch out. Sharoni and Rotondi then alternate in call-and-response passes with Langone.

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