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The Sax Pack: Fallin’ For You

Two saxes are better than one, and three are better than two. It’s worked for the Sax Pack, a popular smooth-jazz tour that’s gigging for a few years now with Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters, all smooth stalwarts. They now have a CD to sell at shows, and many of the tunes will be familiar to fans of the show, especially “Tequila” (here with a typically bluesy guitar soloing by Jeff Golub), “You Are My Starship” and “The World Is a Ghetto.” The saxes work in tandem, of course, with all three on tenor and Waters handling the soprano. There are plenty of opportunities for solos, too, and the Terrific Trio goes to town frequently.

If you’re looking for the energy of the live show, “Tequila” and the original “Maceo” are your best bets. On the five other originals, Kashiwa, Cole and Waters seem to have smooth-jazz radio in their sights with the catchy title track and the ballad “A Little Bit Closer,” the best of the bunch. It would have been easy to do a full CD of covers; the trio deserves credit for composing agreeable new tunes. Keeping it all in line behind the scenes is do-it-all David Mann on synths, drums and bass programming.

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