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Ugly Beauty: Chasing the Unicorn

"Saxophonist Roxy Coss has recorded with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and vocalists Gillian Margot and Jennifer Sullivan, among others. This is her follow-up to 2016’s Restless Idealism, and her third album overall as a leader. It features pianist Glenn Zaleski, guitarist Alex Wintz, bassist Rick Rosato, and drummer Jimmy Macbride. Her style is fast and verbose in the bebop mold (the group’s version of Joe Henderson’s “A Shade Of Jade” is performed at a twitchy gallop), but she’s able to slow down and dig her heels in when the mood calls for it. “Oh! Darling” is a patient, internally calm blues, and “Virgo,” on which she plays bass clarinet, is a delicate ballad."

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