Ian Hanchet

First Love

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Due to the sounds of tenor saxophonist Chris Savage and altoist Maurice Soudre (who in their occasional appearances hint slightly at Michael Brecker and David Sanborn) and the concise nature of the 11 performances on this CD (which mostly clock in between four and seven minutes apiece), there is a commercial feel to the date. Actually guitarist Ian Hanchet (who contributed all of the songs) is a cool-toned player who sounds a bit like Jimmy Raney, although he is a more modern improviser. But the musicians in the sextet (which also include pianist Charles Guerin, bassist Jon Rehder and drummer Jeff Simons) never give one the impression that they are really cutting loose and they often sound as if they are content to play it safe, afraid to disturb any possible radio programmers. The well-played and tasteful results are therefore more lightweight and not as memorable as one would hope.