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Riddle of the Sphinx

By: Mark Gross

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1   Valley of the Dry Bones Buy Buy  
2   Moses in Egypt Buy Buy  
3   Eastern Joy Dance Buy Buy  
4   Lullaby of Isfahan Buy Buy  
5   Riddle of the Sphinx Buy Buy  
6   The Desert Sands of Cairo Buy Buy  
7   Black Nile Buy Buy  
8   Isfahan Buy Buy  
9   Marabi Buy Buy  
10   The Red Sea Buy Buy  

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The African civilization of Ancient Egypt has inspired jazz artists for decades. John Coltrane, Randy Weston, Jimmy Giuffre, and Paul Horn have recorded albums and compositions about that fabled land. With this CD, alto/soprano saxophonist Mark Gross has produced a welcome addition to that esteemed list. Backed by Mulgrew Miller on piano, Joe Locke on vibraphone and marimba, Darryl Hall on bass, Brian Blade on drums, and Khalid Kwame Bell on percussion, Gross leads a jazzy caravan to where the past meets the present. Gross''s "Valley of the Dry Bones" and the title track (with John LaBarbera on oud) echo Yusef Lateef and Coltrane''s exotic, mid-1960s excursions. On Miller''s "Eastern Joy Dance," the pianist adopts McCoy Tyner''s pointillistic chord voicings, which are powered by Blade''s intricate nod to Elvin Jones. Gross''s heartfelt takes on Billy Strayhorn''s "Isfahan," Kenny Garrett''s "Lullabye of Isfahan," Cannonball Adderley''s "Marabi," and Wayne Shorter''s classic "Black Nile" show off his full alto and soprano sax sound. The twin peaks of the CD are the "The Red Sea," with its bewitching ostinato, and the habaneralike "The Desert Sands of Cairo." The motto of J Curve, this astounding project''s record label, is "historic moments in jazz," and they have one here. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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