Don Diego

Feel Me

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The kind of track to track consistency that marks a Boney James recording stands in stark contrast to the all too scattered debut by newcomer saxman Don Diego. Searching for his voice - he alternates a Sanborn-esque alto flash with a bubbly George Howard soprano style - he sets us up for some great falls on his well played but wildly uneven Feel Me. It's 14 tracks of rollercoastering - he energizes us with grand ferocity on the opening track, "Love Is All Around," then goes slowly south into lounge land with a by-the-numbers cover of Tony Rich's "Nobody Knows" - the kind of sounds radio eats up but leaves the listener vaguely aware that this is nothing new. Eventually, Diego comes back around from the radio safe fare with the pulsating title cut and a few true jazz workouts, including a sly roll on Billy Strayhorn's "Take the 'A' Train."

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