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Terry Myers: Smiles

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With his smooth, mellow-toned lucidity, tenor saxophonist Terry Myers evokes memories of swing-era stalwarts Bud Freeman and Budd Johnson. But when he lathers up-or pulls out his soprano sax-the thrust and grit of Zoot Sims come to mind. The fun begins as soon as you hit the play button: The sheer joy of Myers’ music comes out swinging as he bops an unaccompanied intro and plays the head of “Them There Eyes.” There is something left in the tank as the tenorman and his quartet turn on the turbo-chargers and fly into the round of solos with, of all things, a quote from “A Slow Boat to China.” Swinging in a parallel groove, pianist Johnny Varro channel-surfs between Teddy Wilson and Count Basie, giving way to Ed Metz, who batters the kit with a joviality akin to Gene Krupa and Art Blakey.

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