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ALBUM REVIEW: "Blue Innuendo" 

Dave Anderson

"Blue Innuendo"

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Over the last two decades, Dave Anderson has gradually carved out a reputation as a saxophonist to reckon with. First on the Seattle scene and now in New York, Anderson has supported artists like Clark Terry, Craig Taborn, and Mel Torme. The release of "Blue Innuendo" leaves no doubt about his future as a leader: Whether he's playing a ballad or an up-tempo burner, Anderson's work on both tenor and soprano sax is consistently fluid and adventurous.

Another reason for Anderson's success with this album is his impeccable choice in band mates. Tom Guarna is superb at every turn as he weaves his way through each composition on guitar. Pat Bianchi's organ playing recalls nothing short of the great 1960's B-3 giants. And Matt Wilson proves once again that he is among the most versatile drummers in jazz. Put this crew together with Anderson's excellent compositions and arrangements and you get an album that cooks from start to finish. — BY RON NETSKY

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