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The extraordinary, quicksilver trumpeter calls on some of New York’s finest improvisers – Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Andy Milne (piano), Ben Street (bass), and Mark Ferber (drums) – to carve out space among jazz, pop, and contemporary classical music.

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Alessi is a busy educator, sideman, and bandleader. He attended the California Institute of the Arts, and he is the founder and director of the School for Improvisational Music in Brooklyn and a jazz faculty member at New York University. He’s performed alongside Uri Caine, Don Byron, Steve Coleman, and Drew Gress. The band’s self-titled release was voted one of the top ten records of 2002 by Jazz Times. The This Against That project’s second release, Look, featured guest Ravi Coltrane. Alessi’s music is crisp, warm, and layered, with astounding passages and moments of surprise in what can be epic pieces of music.

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