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T.K. Blue: Eyes of the Elders

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Global jazz-fusion might be a convenient term to use in reference to at least some of the music that altoman T. K. Blue offers on this release, but, for the most part, it is straightahead contemporary jazz. Bearing a tone that seems to have its origins in Cannonball and later clean-cut, postbop players, the well-tempered Blue is obviously quite competent as a player, but, like so many others of his generation, he has yet to have discovered his own instrumental voice. Besides alto, he also plays flute and kalimba, an African instrument that, along with Stefon Harris’ appealing marimba and vibraphone, helps to convey the desired impression of African inspiration.

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