If guys like Andy Snitzer can become successful nailing down the Sanborn sound, it makes sense that up-and-coming bands would want to incorporate another of the genre's sure fire sounds--the distinctive synth-guitar sax lilt of Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons. This is just what the six piece ensemble Dr. Bombay does on the extremely listenable but highly reminiscent Temperate Zone. With the production and compositional influence of Ripp Steve Reid to guide them, the very capable members of the band play a series of exciting and thoughtful melodies, the lead trading off between Jeff Holl's alto, Mark Innocenti's sweet guitars and Michael Noel's often tropical keyboard effects. Noel's lush piano solos are also standouts. Only problem is, we've heard just about everything Dr. Bombay is aiming for--all the percussion techniques, the pseudo exoticism included--on old Ripps albums. There are a few moments of spark here and there which allude to forging unique ideas, and with all the marvelous talent involved, the ensemble should pool their resources and work on becoming their own band rather than a clone of their obvious inspirations.
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AllMusic Review by Jonathan Widran