Tamara Danielsson

So It Goes

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Blending jazz, R&B and pop, Tamara Danielsson brings a lot of David Sanborn influence to So It Goes. The alto saxophonist was obviously going for accessibility and commercial appeal, but it's also obvious that she didn't want to record a completely formulaic and uncreative CD a la Richard Elliott or Kenny G. Although tunes like "Slap Me Back," "Ndoki" and "A Love Like This" have too much R&B and pop appeal for acoustic jazz's hardcore, they don't neglect jazz considerations (spontaneity, improvisation) and let us know that Danielsson is an improviser at heart. The album's only really weak moments come when she turns her attention to the hit songs of other artists. The saxophonist's versions of Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman" and Beth Nielson Chapman's "When I Feel This Way" might have been interesting if she had done any real interpreting, but instead, she offers boring, mechanical, note-for-note covers that were no doubt recorded with NAC programmers in mind. For the most part, however, Danielsson avoids pandering to commercial radio and provides a CD that isn't great but is generally competent.

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