CD: Mike Wofford & Holly Hofmann

Mike Wofford/Holly Hofmann, Turn Signal (Capri)

Pianist Wofford’s and flutist Hofmann’s quintet set is notable for variety, rich textures and harmonies, and depth of feeling. In conception and sound, trumpeter Terell Stafford blends beautifully with them. Bassist Rob Thorsen and drummer Richard Sellers are strong and flexible in support. Among the highlights are Wofford’s “The Dipper,” a Horace Silver tribute that evokes Silver’s writing and playing; Stafford’s powerful solo on Jimmy Forrest’s “Soul Street;” Hofmann’s drive and headlong swing on her “M-Line;” and Wofford’s homage to Richard Twardzik in “The Girl From Greenland.” This is an album of enduring value.

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