Red flags flare up when a disc comes in with the tag eclectic" lurking in the press material. The New Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word as selecting or made up of what seems best of varied sources." But the word sometimes serves as a shorthand for—in the world of music assessment—unfocused or lacking continuity of vision. Fortunately, multiple reedman Tim Jensen's A Mind for the Scenery holds to the true definition.The Portland, Oregon-based arranger/composer does combine a dizzying array of varied styles here, as he switches lineup on every track, using everything from the quartet mode—himself on one ...read more
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