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Album Review

Something of a jazz superstar collective, the Chartbusters are rooted in Dr. Lonnie Smith's swirling Hammond B3 and Idris Muhammad's nimble drumming, giving the album a solid rhythmic foundation from which the players seem reluctant to move — the album has something in the way of swing, but never falls sincerely into the looser improvisational areas that might have provided some real spice. Still, the horn work from Craig Handy, Donald Harrison and Randy Brecker is solid, enjoyable playing, while guitarist David Fiuczynski takes a couple of opportunities to show what he can do. Pleasant enough, but it could really have used a few teeth.


Genre: Jazz

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Under the nominal leadership of tenor and soprano saxophonist Craig Handy, this group achieved a measure of distinction owing to a small number of well-conceived and implemented albums. The first, 1995’s Chartbusters! Volume 1, was an engaging homage to Blue Note Records but because it appeared only on a small independent label its qualities were heard by only a few. The follow-up set also paid tribute to a record company, or rather its roster of recording artists; this time it was Prestige Records,...
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