Bob Reynolds : Can’t Wait for Perfect

Bob Reynolds’ first full-length studio release is a fine collection of soulful contemporary jazz. Reynolds’ sleek tenor sax joins with the Aaron Goldberg trio on most tracks, with a relaxed Goldberg on piano, solid bass work from Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland adding urgency at the drums. Although the disc draws much from R&B, the band’s bop chops are undeniable, and these are thoroughly woven into the fabric of Reynolds’ music. It’s all quality, but perhaps Reynolds should loosen up more often: “Last Minute (Late Again)” is pure blowing-an irresistible, stripped-down funk romp that leaves one wanting more.