B Sharp Jazz Quartet
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Formed in the early 90s by Herb Graham Jnr. (drums) and Randall Willis (tenor saxophone), the groups expressed intention was to play original compositions in a modern jazz mode but couched in contemporary stylistic terms. On their first album, which exploded onto the scene in 1994, the quartet was rounded out by Eliot Douglass (piano) and Reggie Carson (bass). Douglass was succeeded by Rodney Lee on 1995s Mirage, and Osama Afifi (bass) replaced Carson on the following years Searching For The One. Forward looking, but profoundly aware of the past advances in jazz brought about by John Coltrane and pre-fusion Miles Davis, the group recorded a succession of mostly acoustic albums that were readily accessible to audiences geared to contemporary funk and soul while being simultaneously interestingly thought-provoking for hardcore jazz fans. In consequence, the quartet attracted a broad audience in which jazzers rubbed shoulders with latter-day rockers....