Winners of the Chuck Niles Jazz Music Award, CJS Quintet is recognized for its hard-driving soulful swing, laden with the blues. The quintet, led by saxophonist Chuck Johnson and trumpeter James Smith, pays homage to Los Angeles-born sax legend Dexter Gordon in recognition of his 90th birth-year.
"A credibly modern extension of the Clifford Brown-Max Roach hard bop aesthetic: delightful tunes, cleanly played ensembles, crisp rhythm-section work, and consistent solos."
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