Every year, a few talented pop-jazz musicians who have performed with top acts capable of being recognized by their last names only-Koz and Tisdale come to mind-make a go of it on their own. They all seemingly have one thing in common on their CDs: a song written and/or performed by respected contemporary-jazz pianist Jeff Lorber. Here comes Darren Rahn with Lorber on the lead tune, appropriately titled “Breakin’ Out,” a catchy but too safe composition that simply repeats a hook too many times. But Rahn is a talented player who rebounds with “Groove Tonight,” “Sax a la Funk” and few other goodies.
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