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Rob Mullins: Standards & More

These four musicians (pianist Rob Mullins, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Roberts, bassist David Levray, drummer Evan Stone) have spent most of their playing time in such genres as smooth-jazz and rock and R&B, occasionally indulging in crowd-pleasing tricks. On “Moanin’,” Roberts honks and croaks like a bar-walker and Mullins forces some manic pummeling licks. But they also they take on substantial jazz repertory items like “Giant Steps,” and do not embarrass themselves. The three ballads (“In a Sentimental Mood,” “Angel Eyes,” “When I Fall in Love”) are tense with the expectancy created when hard blowers play soft.

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