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Reuben Wilson: Movin’ On

Could this be the same Reuben Wilson who recorded the ultra-hip 1969 Blue Note classic, Love Bug? It hardly seems so. What this largely smooth-jazz offering lacks is four key elements-Lee Morgan, George Coleman, Grant Green and Idris Muhammad, all of whom played on Love Bug back in the day. Instead, the playing here is purely pedestrian by comparison and the choice of material doesn’t help Wilson’s cause. Even the presence of “Bad” Wilbur Bascomb on bass can’t save this sad offering.

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