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Jazz Beat: Parallax, at Take Five Coffee + Bar



Parallax starts with Kansas City's most prolific jazz trumpeter, Stan Kessler. From Sons of Brazil to Trumpet Summit to the People's Liberation Big Band, Kessler's résumé is a diverse one. Add two experienced rhythm jazzmen, Roger Wilder on keyboards and Bill McKemy on bass and sousaphone. Top off the ensemble with drummers Ryan Lee and Brian Steever, two 20-something whiz kids driving Kansas City jazz into the 21st century. Lee and Steever at times complement each other and at times goad each other. Parallax's mostly original and contemporary compositions let all these musicians shine, but when two exceptional drummers explode with inventiveness through complex rhythms, this jazz claims a special excitement.

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