Larry Adler

An Evening with Larry Adler

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Material that would win a gold medal at a harmonica contest is here, orchestrated to the point of shimmering. We are a long way from Bob Dylan and his neck strap when Adler sets his sights at excerpts from Debussy and the lesser-known Romanian composer Enesco. These and other arrangements from the classical repertoire take up the second side; the world of standards is his for the taking on the first, including "Begin the Beguine," "Stardust," and others. This is a classy production all the way, and Adler's multiple reeds served him well with every pitch right on target. Adler has no designs on any kind of edge to his music, though, and anyone without the ears for virtuoso harmonica playing might pass off the entire thing as easy listening.

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