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Andy Summers: The X Tracks

Andy Summers likes to name-drop. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with that. It’s just that his notes for The X Tracks seem so self-satisfied, as he recalls recording and dining with Herbie Hancock, rapper Q-Tip and Debbie Harry.

The once and forever Police guitarist will never be a mere hanger-on, but the tracks collected from four recent solo albums indicate that despite impeccable taste and tone, he often fumbles when he takes a shot at jazz-at least when playing someone else’s music.

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