Auction Project: Slink,

Alto saxist David Bixler puts together a richly textured team of Arturo O’Farrell/p, Carlo De Rosa/b, Vince Cherico/dr and the ringer of violinist Heather Martin Bixler for a collection of tunes that mixes jazz sensibilities with Cumberland Gap evocations. With guest guitarist Mike Stern and pipist Isaac Alderson,, moods of Ireland swing away on “Workmanshop (Air)” while fusion styled fun is delivered with the electric stringed wizard on “Slink.” Wonderful mixes of blues and Shanendoah Valley folksiness glistens when alto sax and violin converse on “Bear Island Reel” and the strutting “Richie Dwyer’s Reel.” Funk even gets into the equation on “Cleveland”  whereas O’Farrell’s piano glides like a kite on “Heron’s Egg.” Creative, imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable on a plethora of levels.



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