An album title like Everyday Magic implies that inspired artistry can be as consistent and routine as the rising and setting of the sun and, while that's rarely the case, that philosophy basically rings true on this album. Saxophonist Rahsaan Barber put together a program of nine originals that detail his diversified stylistic portfolio and skills on a variety of horns. Barber's brawny tenor saxophone sound comes to the fore early in the album ("Jubilee"), and his gritty exclamations heighten the intensity in this already high energy number. A Coltrane-like fervor finds its way into his playing ...read more
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