Bob Reynolds

Can't Wait for Perfect

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At first, the music of Bob Reynolds and his basic sound seem pretty similar in spots to Michael Brecker, being technically skilled, complex, and yet somewhat accessible. Later in this CD, Reynolds hints at the soul of Stanley Turrentine when he simplifies his message. Chances are that none of his ten originals will catch on as future standards, although they have their appealing moments, but the playing by Reynolds and his quintet/sextet (which includes Aaron Goldberg mostly on electric piano, guitarist Mike Moreno, and two appearances by steel guitarist David Soler) is first-rate and creative within the modern mainstream. An impressive debut overall.

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