Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Unconventional Wisdom

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Unconventional Wisdom

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Randy Sandke

Unconventional Wisdom

Arbors ARCD 19365

Randy Sandke (tp, flg), Howard Alden (g), Nicki Parrott (b, voc), John Riley (dr), New York City, January 17-18, 2008.

Just One Of Those Things/ Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye/ Meta Blue/ New Orleans/ The Best Thing For You/ Nicki's Journey/ Django's Dream/ Little Bix/ Chega de Saudade/ December Down/ For All We Know/ We're In Love/ Funkallero/ Toyland. TT: 64:32.

Having seen Randy Sandke perform at jazz festivals and having listened to him on early Jazzology CDs and with the New York All-Stars on several live Nagel-Heyer CDs from the '90s, this new issue comes as a bit of a surprise. Randy, of course, is well known in the more traditional and mainstream modes, but has now gone a step farther with his "metatonal" theory, a method of exploring non-tonal harmony in the context of both composition and improvisation. Several tracks on this new CD explore this evolution in style, perhaps not to the pleasure of mainstream purists. …

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