Peter C. Barenbregge

A Thousand Eyes

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Saxophonist Pete Barenbregge and drummer Frank Russo proved themselves with two earlier CDs for Summit, but they detour into fusion and Latin jazz with less impressive results. Most of the originals on this session lack any distinctive qualities that make them stand out. Electric bassist Tom Williams' rather generic smooth jazz vehicle "Flashback" sounds like it could have appeared on any of a number of bland GRP CDs of the late '80s or early '90s, while he has better luck with his upbeat treatment of the Beatles' "Blackbird." The best bet for earlier fans of Barenbregge and Russo is their breezy Latin arrangement of the standard "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes." The result is that this may open doors to a new audience for these talented musicians, though their venture into fusion/smooth jazz will be disappointing to their established fan base.

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