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The Jigsaw by Stan Sulzmann

One of the most exciting things for me (I've discovered over the years) is hearing great music for the first time. This very mellow recording by Stan Sulzmann's group takes us on a journey that crosses the boundaries of mainstream, and takes us into what I always thought people meant when they said the words, "Smooth Jazz". Jazz first, if you please. Then, it's okay to be smooth.

Stan, on the tenor, takes front-and-center immediately, on Krell, the CD's first cut. He then yields to the very capable and diverse keystrokes of Marc Copland. Double bass at the right place from Larry Grenadier, and the recipe is set.

The band cooks throughout. Stan teases with the soprano briefly, and closes out with the flute. Mostly tenor. I enjoyed all 8 tracks on this recording, and that speaks volumes.

The more I listened, the more I thought about the title. Whether you consider this a single recording or the sum of all the tracks, The Jigsaw pieces together very nicely. Recommend.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Stan Sulzmann
  • CD Title: The Jigsaw
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Basho
  • Musicians: Stan Sulzmann (Tenor/Soprano Sax; Flute), Marc Copland (Piano), Larry Grenadier (Double-bass), Bill Stewart (Drummer)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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