March 1997

Terry Myers
Soul Mates
Contemporary Record Society (CRS)

Myers is a driving, bluesy tenor man who lives in Orlando, Florida. His debut, an impressive R&B-tinged affair of mostly originals, cooks from start to finish. If this had been recorded and released in the '50s or '60s, it would have been called "soul jazz."
Myers' compatriots include Dr. Lonnie Smith on organ, Nathan Page on guitar, and Duffy Jackson on drums and scat vocal. This is a rhythm section that can convey the feeling of Basie (e.g., "Eugotacy"), funk (the "Watermelon Man"-flavored "Gotcha"), soulful balladry ("Delusions of Grandeur"), and the slow, gospel blues ("Opal's Smile"), among other grooves.

To his credit, Myers displays just the right amount of technique and doesn't overwhelm the grooves. He recalls Gene Ammons, Illinois Jacquet, and former Roomful of Blues tenor saxophonist Greg Piccolo. This is a fine, honest, jumping session that bears repeated listening.

Originally published in March 1997
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