Joel Miller

Swim

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MUSIC REVIEW BY David Franklin, Cadence

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Since 2001, the Canadian tenorist Joel Miller has released six recordings under his own name, the 2011 Swim being the latest. On this album, as on earlier ones, Miller shows himself to be an extraordinary saxophonist able to execute the most difficult technical passages with apparent ease. But he employs his technique not for show but in the service of a well-developed, creative melodic sensibility enhanced by an attractive Mintzer/ Brecker-like tone. Miller also writes interesting compositions (all but one are his) that often take the listener on unexpected pathways while retaining their modern mainstream accessibility. They frequently feature virtuosic lines performed in perfect unison or harmony by the tenorist and his stellar pianist Geoffrey Keezer, who generates exceptionally long, logical phrases in his own improvisations. Bassist Fraser Hollins, a frequent colleague of Miller?s, and drummer Greg Ritchie put the beat just where it ought to be and make their own personal contributions to the proceedings to round out this superior quartet.






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