Hugh Brodie

Unforgettable Sax

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Hugh Brodie is a fine tenor saxophonist and takes some excellent solos on this disc, but this program is a mixed bag. The music ranges from fairly straightforward versions of standards to some commercial jazz-pop tracks that sound like they were recorded with the main hope of getting radio airplay. So for every "Body and Soul" (taken as a duet with bassist Louis Spears), there are a couple tracks like "Love Son" and "Merciful One" with Brodie on soprano and the electronic rhythm section behind him playing light funk. There are some interesting departures along the way, including an overly smooth vocal by Keni St. Lewis on "Unforgettable" and a piano/drums duet on "Strike Up the Band." But with all the commercial selections, it is better to hear Hugh Brodie in a more spontaneous setting.

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