The Rhythm of Life

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"Lightweight" and "run-of-the-mill" are phrases that perfectly fit this instrumental pop set. Amadeo mostly sticks to upbeat and instantly forgettable melody statements, all of which sound as if their main purpose is getting played on the radio. Amadeo, who has generic tones on all of his woodwinds (tenor, alto, soprano and flute) and does not sound as if he knows how to improvise, plays music so bland that one wonders how he stayed awake during the performances. The only surprise on the pop date is that trumpeter Arturo Sandoval (who makes a brief but fiery cameo on "Going South") got talked into adding his prestige to what will surely be an instant cutout.

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