Boney James

Body Language

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Body Language Review

by Scott Yanow

Body Language is a fairly typical Boney James album in which the saxophonist (who is heard on tenor, soprano, and alto) plays in styles very close to Grover Washington, Jr. He is backed by studio rhythm section players, an occasional string section, and some electronics on material clearly designed to get maximum airplay on pop/jazz radio stations. James is a good player but he never really cuts loose or takes any chances on this set, and he has yet to break away from the Grover Washington influence to develop his own sound. Decent melodic background music but little more.

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