Cindy Blackman

In the Now

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Cindy Blackman has proved herself as an accomplished percussionist who doesn't overdo it, but there's something missing from this outing. Although she has tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (who also doubles on soprano sax), pianist Jacky Terrasson (who switches to the bland Fender Rhodes electric piano on several songs), and bassist Ron Carter on hand (and none of them plays badly), most of her compositions, which make up the bulk of the CD, just don't hold one's interest. Once clear exception is the lively post-bop "Happy House." A treatment of rocker Lenny Kravitz' "Let Love Rule" adds a bit of variety, though little else. Instead, check out Blackman's earlier efforts for High Note and the now-defunct Muse.

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