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Michael Manson: The Bottom Line

Bassist Michael Mason forged a solid reputation as a sought-after sideman, and he makes the transition to leader on his debut album, The Bottom Line (A440). This is a very likeable, though safe, smooth-jazz offering. Manson doesn’t break any new musical ground here, but the tunes are, for the most part, interesting and appealing, and Manson demonstrates considerable skill both as rhythmic support and lead melodic voice.

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