Dave Gordon's Faux Real covers a wide variety of musical territory. With tenor saxophonist Brian Gephart as a key soloist, Gordon performs the funky "X20," emphasizes electronic rhythms and electronic vibes on "Fingers and Toes," plays some light solo stride piano on "8-Ball Blues," and emulates McCoy Tyner a bit on "Clues Blues," which has some sheets-of-sound tenor from Gephart. The diversity continues throughout this set, whether it's Gordon's solo piano on the thoughtful "I Would Like to Tell You So," some mid-'60s soul-jazz à la Stanley Turrentine on "Out of the Air," the fiery fusion of "Tracks in the Sand" with Jack Gallagher's rockish guitar, a contemporary vocal by Suzanne Palmer on "Refunk Waltz," or fine tenor solos by Gephart and Dave Zielinsky on "Blues Man." Other than a couple dull electronic pieces, everything works on this intriguing set that certainly keeps listeners guessing.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow