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Lou Marini: Starmaker

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Lou Marini’s discography as a leader is relatively puny-Starmaker is only his fourth proper solo release in a career that stretches back some four-plus decades, and it was recorded in 1990, unreleased until now and actually predates his other albums. Not that the saxophonist has kicked back through the years; he’s kept busy serving as a sideman for a long list of headliners running the gamut from Blood, Sweat & Tears to Frank Zappa, Levon Helm, James Taylor, the Saturday Night Live Band and, most famously, the Blues Brothers.

At the time he made Starmaker, Marini could easily have capitalized on his rock and pop associations. But he had a specific concept in mind-the album is inspired by Olaf Stapledon’s sci-fi novel of the same title-so Marini handpicked a cast of ace player’s players, among them pianist Gil Goldstein, bassist Bob Cranshaw, drummers Danny Gottlieb and Chris Parker and a bevy of guitarists, keyboardists and horn men, to flesh out his concept.

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