Bob Westfall's lilting jazz-grass original "Coastin'" isn't quite as easygoing as the title suggests, which helps it stand out on his eponymous instrumental quartet's accomplished new album Beautifully Mad.
The local mandolin player and his veteran compatriots in The Bob Westfall Quartet never put a note wrong on the cover tunes that fill up roughly two thirds of the disc, and that polite approach certainly has its merits. But on "Coastin'," you can hear the tires squeal a little as Westfall roughs up his narrow fret board with bluesy bent notes and bass player Mary Gaines displays her jazz background on a crafty, lyrical solo that's as fluid as a well-sorted set of drilled Brembos.
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