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Ab Baars Quartet

Most jazz musicians are content to express themselves within the confines of their solos, but the great Dutch reedist Ab Baars is just as interested in personalizing tunes by reworking their underlying structures. In 1999 he did it to the oeuvre of clarinetist John Carter (a onetime mentor), and 2001’s Songs was a brilliantly conceived […]

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Ab Baars

Dutch reedist Ab Baars knows how to play the sly games that his country’s senior jazzmen–especially Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink–have made a stock-in-trade. As a longtime member of Mengelberg’s ICP Orchestra he’s developed an instinctual ability to turn on a dime, and his occasionally comic decisions–like dropping a surprising snort or sourly intoned quote […]