Album: Dave Stapleton Quintet, Between the Lines (Edition)

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The pianist Dave Stapleton may have the name of a suburban postman but he knows how to shape a 21st-century modern-jazz unit.

The music on Between the Lines owes plenty to the narrow-eyed, slightly fugitive, occasionally savage Miles Davis quintet of the mid-1960s (the one with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and Wayne Shorter), and if the solo turns lack the idiom-defining articulacy and fluency of that group, the ensemble vibe is some compensation.

The tunes are snakey, the mood sustained meanly.