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Robert Stewart: Beautiful Love

Showing considerable mastery and maturity compared with earlier recorded endeavors as leader and with the L.A. hard-bop group Black Note, tenor saxist Robert Stewart delivers a palatable eight-tune session of standards with pianist Eric Tillman, bassist Jeff Littleton, and drummer Brett Sanders. Stewart’s title-tune translation smacks of Ben Webster influences, and his seductive bluesy smears are bolstered by Sanders’ Latinate tempos and an eloquent solo from Tillman.

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