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Cornelius Bumpus' lifelong pursuit of the saxophone and his eagerness for diversity has found him sharing worldwide stages and studio time with some of the greatest names in pop/rock history — the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, and Boz Scaggs — as well as top names in jazz fusion (Jeff Lorber) and country music. While he made a few solo albums when the Doobies broke up in the early '80s, his Palmetto Records debut Known Fact marks his first splash into the world of smooth jazz. What he lacks in overall originality — his graceful soprano and occasionally muscular tenor styles fits perfectly alongside many younger players — he makes up for with some spirited genre-hopping. It must have been hard to resist including a Doobies tune, but his "Takin' It to the Streets" is pretty straightforward and doesn't venture from what listeners already know (though it's certainly fun to hear). He has better luck with the original samba "Abundare," where he raises a percussive flute melody over a wash of soundscaping, whistleblowing, and an aggressively rolling bass groove, stopping on occasion to make emphatic points with percussionist Gilad. His choice and arrangement of the Steely Dan tune "Chain Lightning" is creative, too; it's a hypnotic, slow blues simmer featuring Bumpus' richest tenor work amid a bed of Aries' punchy organ harmonies and solo.


Born: 13 January 1952

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Best known as the Doobie Brothers' saxophone player from 1979-1982 (and again in 1989-1990 and 1995), Cornelius Bumpus came to the group after stints with Bobby Freeman and a re-formed Moby Grape. Bumpus first struck out on his own as a recording artist after the Doobies' breakup in 1982, releasing A Clear View later that year. Beacon followed in 1984, after which Bumpus returned to the familiar role of sideman and session musician. Bumpus moved from San Francisco to New York in 1986, and went on...
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  • $16.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 01 February 2000

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