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Tom Scott and L.A. Express: Smokin’ Section

Prolific sax man Tom Scott and the L.A. Express (no, not retired members of the old USFL football team) take on the popular urban streetscape sound and emerge unscathed on Smokin’ Section (Windham Hill Jazz WADV 11379-2; 69:05). Scott’s alto work is cagey enough on the dark mood-to-upbeat pieces (“Smokin’ Section”) and gentle and introspective enough on the ball ads (“Lonely One”) to detract attention from some of the less exciting pop R&B elements (like the flat snaps running through “I’ll Still Be Lovin You”).

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