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Celebrating the 50th anniversary, 'A Day in the Life, Impressions of Pepper' is a stellar interpretation / Elsewhere

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Jazz musicians are renown for their sense of time, although – if this album is any measure – perhaps not for their timing. Arriving fully 18 months after the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's – and coinciding with the exceptional remaster/reissue of their follow-up The Beatles (aka The White Album) and the Christmas rush – this stellar interpretation of Pepper somewhat missed the boat . . . and arrives as everyone left on the wharf went off on holiday.

Maybe it will stand a better chance when it gets vinyl release in mid-January when the cover will look impressively large.

But let's draw attention to it now because there are some terrific "impressions" here by the likes of British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, pianist Sullivan Fortner (on the recent Cecile McLorin Salvant album), bassist Miles Mosley who has played on Kamasi Washington's albums, Onyx Collective, percussionist Antonio Sanchez, guitarist Mary Halvorson, The JuJu Exchange and more.

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