Findings, alto saxophonist Benny Reid’s debut as a leader, is a soft and relaxing 53 minutes that avoids being pejoratively smooth. It has, at times, a vaguely Caribbean feel, owing to the presence of Richard Padron’s light touch on the guitar, Aaron Goldberg’s light touch on the acoustic and electric pianos, and Jeff Taylor’s light and airy wordless vocals. (Notice a trend?) What we end up with is a nice album but certainly not a great one.
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