Plugged In is an immensely appealing record and an artistic success. The source of that success is the revelatory combination of the highly individual--and at first blush, not necessarily compatible--sounds of saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh and keyboardist Jozef Dumoulin.Sabbagh has had a string of critically-acclaimed albums, notably including North (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2005) and Pogo (Sunnyside, 2007), both of which featured guitarist m: Ben Monder. On these and other records, Sabbagh comes across as a poster child for the enduring relevance and fresh possibilities of the straight-ahead, mainstream jazz approach (on the more recent I Will Follow You (Bee Jazz, 2010), with Monder and drummer m: Daniel Humair, Sabbagh ventures bravely into freer pastures, but nevertheless tends to play the straight man)...

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