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Melvin Sparks: Groove On Up

Melvin Sparks’ third album for Savant melds a greasy organ-jazz aesthetic with ’70s-style soul and R&B, although the opening “MyKia’s Dance” sounds like Grant Green sitting in with early Santana. Jerry Z and Paul Wolstencroft share organ billing; their churning chords and pumping bass lines rescue the date from pop-jazz at a few points. There are no horns, and Sparks is the significant soloist-a veritable fountain of clean, bop-rooted eighth-note lines, infectious but unvarying in attack.

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