Smooth Sax Tribute to Al Green

Various Artists

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Smooth Sax Tribute to Al Green Review

by Steve Leggett

The reason this album doesn't fall completely into the elevator music category is the fine sax playing of Minneapolis-based jazz and R&B horn man Walter Chancellor, Jr. Chancellor arranged everything here, programmed the drums, and managed to bring out subtle melodic elements in these Stevie Wonder tunes without bending them out of shape. One could complain about an over-reliance on synthesizers here, but then Wonder himself used a ton of them on the original recordings. In the end, this disc is funkier than it has a right to be, and again, Chancellor's sax work is the biggest reason why.

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