Alex Garnett - Serpent (3 stars)

Alex Garnett - Serpent

Agile, fresh-sounding contemporary bop from English saxophonist

(Whirlwind Recordings)

At just over 40, English saxophonist Alex Garnett has taken his time in making his recording debut as a leader, but in the interim has built a considerable track record in a wide variety of settings. That depth of experience is immediately evident in his assured and inventive handling of the opening up-tempo tune, ‘Lydia’, and is carried on with equal conviction across a self-composed album of agile, fresh-sounding contemporary bop. He is strongly supported by an American rhythm section of pianist Anthony Wonsey, London-based bassist (and regular collaborator) Michael Janisch and drummer Willie Jones III.


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