JOHN FINBURY/American Nocturnes-Final Days of July: Finbury pulls an about-face here from his recent Latin jazz outings to craft an instrumental date that lands nicely somewhere between new age and Aaron Copland. Bringing in some no-nonsense hitters to fully realize his vision, this is a must for listeners looking for top-shelf instrumental music with depth and power to give them something really meaty to gnaw on. First-class all the way.

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