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Art Lillard’s Heavenly Band: Reasons to Be Thankful

“Heavenly” is a strange way to describe one’s band; one might expect a large harp section and ethereal music. Well, Lillard’s aggregations fail to meet those otherworldly expectations. Check out the first cut, “Bluez Organ Man”: It’s very down to earth, even sensual in some aspects. And what about “The Fast Track?” Isn’t altoist Bob Mover playing a hard-bop solo, following a Basielike unison line? Heavenly is a misnomer.

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