Ian Shaw, Iain Ballamy, Jamie Safir: What’s New

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Sometimes the simplest formats are the best, as this fine album shows. Take an assured vocalist, an accomplished saxophonist, and an in-demand young pianist, arrange a set of standards and classic songs celebrating love, hope and devotion, and turn on the microphones. Predictably, it all comes together wonderfully. Shaw and Ballamy actually go back together 22 years, when Ballamy, together with pianist Cedar Walton, supported Shaw on his Milestone album In A New York
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