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Bob Mintzer: Quality Time

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Certain titles on this quartet date indicate that Mintzer has composed with specific moods and rhythmic contexts in mind. His “All Is Quiet,” “Bop Boy,” “Groovetown,” “Gather the Spirit,” and “Bossa” are self-descriptive. He delivers the goods both as a composer and as a saxophonist and bass clarinetist throughout this very satisfying and complete album.

Best known as the reedman with the Yellowjackets and as an intermittent big band leader and arranger, Mintzer takes a supple, organic approach to improvisation. Technically, his tenor reminds you of Michael Brecker and Ernie Watts, although he is emotionally cooler than these two. He appears with two different rhythm sections: on eight tracks with pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Jay Anderson, and drummer Peter Erskine and on two tracks with the Yellowjackets (keyboard man Russell Ferrante, bass guitarist Jimmy Haslip, and drummer William Kennedy).

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