Time Out New York review by Steve Smith

Tony Malaby’s Apparitions – Voladores (CF 165) ****
One of New York’s most in-demand sidemen since he hit town in 1995, Arizona saxophonist Tony Malaby quickly established himself as a consistently satisfying bandleader and recording artist, serving up one solid release after another. Having weighed in earlier this year with the fiery Paloma Recio, Malaby caps 2009 with a follow-up to 2003’s Apparitions, which introduced a unique bass-and-two-drummers format. Returning from that session are bassist Drew Gress and drummer Tom Rainey, charismatic players who have logged countless hours together. The trump card here is second drummer John Hollenbeck, whose melodica and vibraphone provide new foils for the leader’s hearty flights.

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