John Temmerman, tenor sax; Neal Alger, guitar; Steven Hashimoto, electric bass; Rusty Jones, drums.
Johm Temmerman makes a good job of the opening number, "All Blues", by Miles Davis; he has a large, earthy sound which layers nicely over his excellent backing group. He ambles through most Jazz styles on this set; contributed to by some thoughtful solos with the guitar of Neal Alger. The bass of Steven Hashimoto and the drums of Rusty Jones are also right on the money as they follow John on his pleasant twists and turns. Six of the twelve tracks are his own work; "Slam Time" is one of his that gives Rusty Jones on drums a decent solo. Moving through "Whispering Pines" by Wayne Henderson; an old 1974 Crusader album, straight into the laid-back swing of "Nice And Easy", a song made famous by Frank Sinatra. John has a warm, fat sound to his tenor, with just a touch of vibrato; his playing is honest and direct, at times there is a refreshing innocent feel to it. He rounds off the set with "Come To The Table", a tune inspired by the hymn "One Bread, One Body", giving the electric guitar of Steven Hashimoto a good solo outing. This is a pleasing CD presented by good musicians. It is worth having.
by Ferdinand Maylin
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