Sonny Simmons

American Jungle

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Altoist Sonny Simmons' second Warner Bros. release is not quite on the same level as his first. "Coltrane Story" and "My Favorite Things" are too close in style to John Coltrane (with pianist Travis Shook, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Cindy Blackman closely emulating 'Trane's rhythm section), and even the other three numbers hint strongly at Coltrane. Simmons does play quite well throughout, and this set helped consolidate his unlikely - but well deserved - comeback.

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