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NEW RELEASES : In Brief : *** Gary Foster, “Make Your Own Fun,” Concord Jazz.

The Los Angeles-based reedman here reveals his estimable musicality. Foster’s alto saxophone sound, liquid and luminescent, graces a very relaxed “Nica’s Dream” and a gutsy “Teef"--the leader and bassist John Heard share the melody. Foster’s dusky, spherical alto flute tone sparks Jimmy Rowles’ haunting ballad “The Peacocks.” The rarely heard Rowles offers his idiosyncratic, percussive style in both accompanying and solo chairs.

Albums are rated on a scale of one asetrisk (poor) to four (excellent). A rating of five asterisks is reserved for classic reissues or retrospectives.


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