Fraser MacPherson

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The reason that this recording by cool-toned tenor saxophonist Fraser MacPherson gets a slight edge over his others is that pianist Dave McKenna is on the date, and he really pushes the mellow tenor. "On a Slow Boat to China" is a rare MacPherson cooker, and "It Could Happen to You" and "There Is No Greater Love" move too. Recorded live at the 1984 Concord Jazz Festival, this well-rounded set also has ballad features for MacPherson ("Darn That Dream"), guitarist Ed Bickert (Jimmy Giuffre's obscure "Happy Man"), and McKenna ("I'll Never Be the Same"); bassist Steve Wallace and drummer Jake Hanna complete the excellent quintet. Easily recommended to mainstream jazz collectors.

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