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Mike Gallaher: Blue Paradise

Mike Gallaher’s Blue Paradise (Leon Russell) is a throwback to the session-heavy days of ’70s fusion, when guitarists weren’t shy about playing that referred explicitly to their straightahead roots-in an electrified setting, of course. In addition to his own originals, like the tropical-leaning title track, Gallaher and talented friends-Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge, Dennis Chambers, Bob Berg-chew up the scenery on Freddie Hubbard’s “Little Sunflower,” Pat Martino’s “Portrait of Diana” and “Softly As In a Morning Sunrise.” Though the roster suggests a chops fest, the proceedings are understated and restrained, if not particularly adventurous, with Gallaher waxing fusion-boppish over the solid backing.

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