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Bill Evans & Randy Brecker: Soulbop Band Live

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Funk-jazz fusion runs hot and cold with me. Too often it can be lively but soulless. The new concert recording from the Soulbop Band, led by saxophonist Bill Evans and trumpeter Randy Brecker, runs quite hot-though perhaps it should receive a few degrees of demerit for some ill-advised vocals. More on that later.

There’s a lot to enjoy in this two-disc release, which provides more evidence that inspiration can come from the unlikeliest of sources-in this case, the death of the saxophonist Bob Berg, who was about to tour with Brecker and was replaced with Evans. The Soulbop Band is fleshed out with a stellar cast of fusion and jazz veterans-guitarist Hiram Bullock, keyboard player David Kikoski, bassist Victor Bailey and drummer Steve Smith.

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