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Tom Harrell’s fragile lines and inner steel have long been a mainstay of New York’s modern mainstream.

The trumpeter’s latest CD, featuring two basses and Esperanza Spalding’s soft, technically adroit vocals, marks an engrossing shift in emphasis, if not a sea change.

Saxophonists Jaleel Shaw and Wayne Escoffery complete a classic front line, but the unexpected twists and soft-toned Latin rhythms are, as the title suggests, more dreamlike.

Harrell’s lyricism complements Spalding’s vocal harmonies, there’s a sparky “Phantasy in Latin” and “Tango” throbs with intrigue.

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