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Mike Smith Quintet 

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No doubt about it, alto saxophonist Mike Smith is a Cannonball Adderley man through and through--what's most personal about his music, though, are his differences with Adderley. He's got Adderley's big, hearty sound, his melodic essence, his all-pervasive blues richness, his harmonic sophistication expressed in exhilarating leaps and chord substitutions. But Smith is driven by a carnivorous intensity that leaves no room for deocrative excesses. For all Smith's skill and finesse, his hard-swinging music is of the belly and loins, which makes the cool, calculating trumpet and flugelhorn of Ron Friedman an ideal foil for him. The material is a mix of originals and jazz standards (including Adderley favorites), and Smith's other partners are Jim Ryan (piano), John Whitfield (bass), Bob Rummage (drums), and singer JoBelle. Thursday, 5 PM, Andy's, 11 E. Hubbard; 642-6805.

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