Raves! from TheJazzPage.com

What started out as a jam session in the basement of saxophonist Mike Lee soon evolved into a full-fledged jazz band called New Tricks. To listen to Alternate Side, the band’s second release, is to hear the art of the jazz quartet. Joining Lee is the ensemble’s co-founder Ted Chubb on trumpet, Shawn Baltazor on drums and Kellen Harrison on bass. The group swings through a spirited collection of original compostions by the band’s co-leaders. From the very first note of the recording, it’s clear that the band is steeped in the jazz tradition, but what’s also evident is the energy of young musicians looking to explore new territory. Long may they journey and continue to make great music.


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