Andy Snitzer

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You're just as likely to hear tenor saxophonist and session man Andy Snitzer with the likes of Paul Simon and the Rolling Stones, but here he surrounds himself with some of the finest in straightahead jazz: pianist/organist Alain Mallet, bassist James Genus, and drummer Clarence Penn. Snitzer's debt to hard-swinging soul-jazz -- more specifically, the late Stanley Turrentine -- is immediately clear on the title track and on two blues tunes, "T. Time" and "Mr. Groove." Rollins and Coltrane also figure into the story, on "Moritat" (aka "Mack the Knife"), "Blue Seven," and "Blue Train." The two rock ballads, "Wild Horses" by the Stones and "A Song for You" by Leon Russell, don't really go anywhere; Snitzer is heard to better advantage on "You Don't Know What Love Is." A fun but not essential listen.

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