Justo Almario

Interlude

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Produced by Roy Ayers and originally issued in 1981 on the vibist's own Uno Melodic label, Justo Almario's Interlude quite naturally recalls the mellow, sun-kissed sound of Ayers' late-'70s work for Polydor, albeit without the vocals and grating disco influences. Alternating between tenor and soprano saxophone, Almario creates panoramic fusion as warm and comfortable as mittens -- imagine Kenny G. with actual talent and a grasp of funk. Indeed, Interlude will appeal most to listeners who prefer jazz that's soothing, not soothsaying. Almario's music is romantic and atmospheric, nothing more and nothing less.

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