Montreal-born tenor saxophonist Chet Doxas almost never plays the obvious thing. He’s not flashy or extroverted. His technical command is formidable but he doesn’t show off. He’s a thoughtful player with a deeply personal approach to rhythm, pacing, and the stylistic history of the saxophone in jazz. Now living in New York, he’s performed and recorded with oddball trailblazers of American jazz including Dave Douglas, Carla Bley and Ethan Iverson. But one of his strongest partnerships is with his equally adventurous brother, drummer Jim Doxas. Their new quartet album is one of the most satisfying Canadian jazz recordings of recent years.
- written by Paul Wells