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Miller, Kent: Contributions

Kent Miller has been involved in the Washington, DC jazz scene since 1995 after relocating from New York. His debut album is titled Contributions from the project of the same name. Joining Miller (acoustic bass) are Benny Russell (tenor sax), Darius Scott (piano) and Greg Holloway (drums and percussion).

In the liner notes it states, "Contributions is a collection of compositions that is intended to convey originality, a high level of musicianship, emotion, feeling, but most importantly, the true heritage of swing." After listening to the album a couple of times that assessment is spot on. This is outstanding swing music with all four members given the time to shine. Besides the solos, of which there are many, these guys can really groove in the pocket, completely in sync with the other.

Whether it's the calypso infused feel good swing and celebratory atmosphere of "West End Carnival", the fantastic piano, bass and sax solos in the catchy "Miss Lillie" or the lovingly sentimental ballad "Per'igee" you cannot go wrong with any of these tracks. The uplifting "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy…Percy" features more outstanding bass and sax.

This is as pure and soulful as contemporary jazz music gets and if you like swinging jazz you are in for a real treat. Released on TNEK Jazz.

Track Listing:
1. West End Carnival (7:43)
2. A DC Waltz (7:29)
3. Miss Lillie (6:01)
4. Per'igee (6:42)
5. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy…Percy (7:27)
6. One for Two Blues (5:52)
7. Reminiscence (6:24)
8. G's Bop (3:58)
9. Grace (5:45)

Added: October 1st 2016
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
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