Genre: Jazz, Pop

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Influences: Thelonious Monk


In the mid-1970s, Power was playing a straight, unfettered blend of bop and contemporary jazz. The rhythms were always sharp and funk-edged but never ramble into the water-y ostinatos so fashionable in those days. The most accomplished players were the bassist, who had a graceful plucking style on acoustic and a busy picking style on electric, and the tenor-soprano saxist, who had a rousing Southwestern tenor sound similar to Sonny Rollins and Dewey Redman. One of the high points of Power’s repertoire and a good indication of their tastes was a perfectly syncopated version of Thelonious Monk’s “Straight No Chaser.”

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