REVIEW: Max Bessesen, ‘Trouble’ (Ropeadope)

On his captivating debut album, Trouble, Chicago-based saxophonist Max Bessesen weaves sorrow and joy, passion and eloquence into a powerful artistic statement. The nine originals and one cover that make up the album range from tender ballads to bold and jarring tunes, and from short poignant statements to introspective explorations. The opener, “Whirling,” unspools over

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