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If at first you succeed, try again. So goes the thinking behind Reunion which brings together again the bandmates that made Jack Wilkins’s 1977 recording Merge such a joy. It doesn’t hurt that each of the players -- bassist Eddie Gomez, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and trumpeter Randy Brecker -- are superb musicians who have continued to perfect their art in the nearly quarter century gap between recordings. (The addition of saxophonist Michael Brecker on two tracks is icing on the cake.) On a program that judiciously mixes standards, jazz tunes, and originals from Wilkins, Gomez, and Randy Brecker, each of these seasoned pros show what they are still made of. Wilkins remains the fleet, inventive improviser; trumpeter Brecker impresses through his superior technique and vibrant tone and delivery; Gomez, busy but supportive, links with the always sensitive DeJohnette. If the full-band tracks snap and pop, the more reflective tracks including a guitar-bass-and-drums reading of “But Beautiful” shimmer with lyrical melodiousness. It sure took a while, but when these guys finally hooked up again, they got it right.

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Release Date: 07/24/2001
Label: Chiaroscuro Records
UPC: 0091454037124
catalogNumber: 371
Rank: 97656

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