(SeaMonster) When jazz fusion’s done well, it’s some of the most enjoyable, high-wire-act music going—yes, even at this late date. Seattle foursome Hardcoretet (see what they did there?) navigate fusion’s serpentine, often-funky grooves and florid melodies with the fervor and virtuosity of the Headhunters and Return to Forever. Saxophonist Art Brown, drummer Tarik Abouzied, bassist Tim Carey, and keyboardist Aaron Otheim are mainstays of Seattle’s jazz scene for good reason: They can play with incredible dexterity and emotion in composed and improvised settings. And their covers of Herbie Hancock’s “Sly” and “Actual Proof” slay.
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