Bobbi Humphrey

The Good Life

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Bobbi Humphrey's major-label swan song eradicates the final traces of jazz remaining in her music's elemental makeup. Produced by Ralph MacDonald and William Eaton, The Good Life is a straight-up R&B record, for better or for worse. To her credit, Humphrey always embraced commercial sounds and sensibilities regardless of jazz conventions, but this music is simply too slick for comfort. Her skills as a flutist remain exceptional, but The Good Life never musters the funky grooves and gossamer textures that buoyed her classic Blue Note sides, instead settling for tepid, disco-inspired beats and too much studio gloss.

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