Tenor sax man Jack Wilkins is a bruising player who swings from the heels up. Although doubling as a professor of jazz at the University of South Florida, there’s nothing academic about his playing. Indeed, while jazz educators are often correctly accused of instilling (and exemplifying) a play-by-the-numbers approach to “improvisation,” what’s so refreshing about Wilkins is his emotional directness. Like another Florida band director who also did a bit of playing, Wilkins, in spirit and sound, recalls the indomitable Cannonball Adderley.
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