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Bob Mover: My Heart Tells Me

The two discs of My Heart Tells Me are designed to showcase the two sides of Bob Mover, an under-the-radar artist who resurfaced as a leader several years ago after an extended period during which he settled in Canada, playing locally and teaching. The first half features Mover’s vocals on a set of standards by the usual suspects: Porter, Legrand, Warren-Gordon, etc. The second spotlights Mover’s alto, tenor and soprano saxophone work on a set of mostly instrumentals, self-penned save for one each by Mal Waldron and Kenny Dorham.

In the press bio accompanying the CDs, Mover says he considers himself “a musician who sings, as opposed to a singer.” He’s got a point there-the instrumental tracks trump the vocal ones-but he’s no slouch as a vocalist either. Chalk that up to the considerable time Mover spent with the late Chet Baker: Mover’s approach to a vocal is undeniably Baker-esque, easygoing and romantic, albeit huskier and less world-weary.

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