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Album Review

Finesse features John Klemmer's saxophone and his trademark Echoplex (debuted so wonderfully on 1978's Cry. Finesse was released in 1983 and places the saxophonist in the company of bassist Bob Magnusson, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, drummer Ron McCurdy, and percussionist Steve Forman. This is pop-jazz with real style and emotion in the light airy grooves. Check the title track with its sensual, sweet lyricism, or the sheer crystalline beauty of "Heart." This is not a blowing date, but Klemmer's lyricism and commitment to his material is complete, and the soul in his playing shines through. The band is unobtrusive, but in the pocket. The relaxed open feel of the proceedings is refreshing considering some of the material out there at the time.

Customer Reviews


Thank God this made it to iTunes!!!!! Incredible. Great "invite your girl over for some wine and chill out" music. Enjoy!!

A Klemmer Gem I thought was lost.

A long overdue and eagerly awaited addition to i-Tunes, I've been waiting for some more classic Klemmer and it doesn't get much better than this. What a silky smoooth album for some quiet time with your lady, or to just "chill" at the fireplace. "Way to go i-Tunes."

Excellent CD

This is a classic jazz sax CD and a welcome addition to itunes. This CD is perfect for a quite night next to the fire with a good friend.


Born: July 3, 1946 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An active composer and an innovator on the electrified saxophone (using echo effects quite effectively), John Klemmer was also a very strong Coltrane-inspired acoustic tenor saxophonist. His solo saxophone recordings preceded smooth jazz and new age and his variety of projects earned him a great deal of crossover appeal that includes his music sampled by hip-hop artists of the '90s. Over the course of his career, Klemmer collaborated with a number of jazz and pop artists and performed the albums...
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Finesse, John Klemmer
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Dec 10, 1980

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