Mark Colby

Heart of the City

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Mark Colby has long been one of the Chicago area's top saxophonists. Teamed with co-leader/keyboardist Frank Caruso in a quartet/quintet, Colby plays a diverse variety of music on this CD, which includes songs by Sting, Ivan Lins ("Love Dance"), Don Grolnick, and even Billy Joel ("Lullabye"). In general, Colby uplifts the weaker tunes, digs into the stronger ones, and emerges as a fine improviser, although the set overall is slightly commercial and not as memorable as it could be.

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