Detroit saxophonist Randy Scott cites Grover Washington Jr. as the major influence for his smooth-jazz sound. If that’s a surprise to you I’m shocked. But like most pop-sax artists today, Scott fails to follow Washington’s lead and turn the music into something other than what the rest of the urban-jazz saxophonists are doing. That crucial point aside, there’s nothing a casual fan who stumbles onto Scott’s music would find fault with. It’s professional and gives off good vibes. Scott’s interplay with flugelhornist Dwight Adams on “Mo’ Better Blues” is certainly a pleasure, and guitarists Tim Bowman and Al Turner add spunk to “Bliss” and “San Juan,” respectively.
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