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Nat Simpkins: Spare Ribs

Simpkins is a tough-toned, big sweeping tenor saxophonist, of a kind not found often in these parts. His sultry and funky licks are perfectly matched in a comfortable organ-guitar setting on the new Bluejay label.

In addition to the expected jump music and the blues, the album is also informed by other sounds, those of the island breeze and gospel soul. It’s a pleasing offering that maintains interest throughout and defies stereotyping.

Simpkins’ saxophone is first rate and gutsy, and the other musicians groove in the style. David Braham is an underrated organ giant, while Cecil Brooks III keeps things flowing at the drums. For devotees of this style, it’s a must buy, though others should enjoy it as well.

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