John Flanders is a young, talented saxophonist who seems to be searching for a niche. Despite exploring a variety of grooves and feels, he doesn’t find it here. The problem is two-fold. First, there’s the disparity between Flanders’ rough-hewn improvising style and the smooth jazz backing. Flanders is a passionate, blood-and-guts guy. His funk-based rhythm section is coolly professional. The combination doesn’t work very well. His gruff hyperactivity is simply too jarring in this context.
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