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Melvin Sparks: This Is It!

A soul-jazz pioneer and godfather of the ’90s acid-jazz scene, Sparks brings his clean articulation and bluesy expression to a program of accessible, organ-fueled grooves and catchy boogaloos. A fluent and funky player, Sparks ignites single-note lines on tunes like the upbeat “Watch Yo’ Step” and “The Light Is On,” which recalls Grant Green’s latter-day experiments in more commercial surroundings.

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