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Broadview Collective (www.paulstranahan.com)

There must be a reason this trio of fusioneers hasn't picked up a bass player. Perhaps guitarists Mike Barna and Jeff Charmek and drummer Paul Stranahan don't think it's too likely that there's another player out there who could easily find his way into their intimate and engaging set-up. Whether each player is strong on instinct or through listening to his partners, or some mix of the two, the three consistently navigate the twin paths of structure and spontaneity with a well-developed personal lingo.

The compositions, mostly quirky in character, succeed in creating varied improvisational scapes. Both fleet-fingered guitarists provide abundant tonal change-ups as well. While it may be contrary to the band's collective nature to single out one player, it's Stranahan's gift for coloration and for firing up the proceedings that most often emerges as BC's most interesting element. A worthy effort.

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