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Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Group – Three Minutes to Four – Whaling City Sound 

Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Group – Three Minutes to Four – Whaling City Sound 

Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Group – Three Minutes to Four [TrackList follows] – Whaling City Sound WCS 100 (distr. by Naxos), 73:19 [8/25/17] ****: Not your typical world jazz release. (Lewis Porter – piano; Phil Scarff – tenor, soprano and sopranino saxophones, tamboura; John Funkhouser – bass; Bertram Lehmann – drums) The best jazz takes listeners to all points of the compass. The material on the Three Minutes to Four CD by the Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Group certainly puts a lot into 73 minutes. The contemporary jazz incorporates or is influenced by Ghanaian music, Indian ragas, Western classical music, bird calls, and fellow jazz musicians. There’s more as well, and yet it all has a natural, organic flow. The quartet consists of pianist Porter (who heads Rutgers University’s jazz history program and has recorded with Dave Liebman, Gary Bartz and Marc Ribot), saxophonist Scarff (who has extensive experience in Indian classical music as well as jazz), bassist John Funkhouser (who is on the faculty at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and has appeared with Joe Lovano, Bobby Watson and Rudresh Mahanthappa), and drummer Bertram Lehmann (who also teaches at Berklee and has also worked with Liebman as well as Randy Brecker, […]