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Paul Carr: Straight Ahead Soul (2010)

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Paul Carr: Straight Ahead Soul Track review of "Sideyard Tracks"

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If saxophonist Paul Carr
Paul Carr
Paul Carr

saxophone
could be described in a single word, it would be durable. Carr's two previous recordings—Just Noodlin' (PCJE, 2008) and Musically Yours (PCJE, 2006)—displayed a dependable adherence to the Ray Charles
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
1930 - 2004
piano
' principles of rhythm and blues. His tone and attack are made of the same precious metal as that of Hank Crawford
Hank Crawford
Hank Crawford
1934 - 2009
sax, alto
and David "Fathead" Newman. On Straight Ahead Soul, Carr does his part to move adult contemporary jazz toward respectability with the fussy and hard-to-please traditionalist.

"Sideyard Tracks" is a bright example of contemporary crossed with hard bop and soul. Guitarist Bobby Broom
Bobby Broom
Bobby Broom
b.1961
guitar
is perfectly matched with Carr, his fat, round notes dissolving into Carr's tenor on the head and coda. Pianist Allyn Johnson has a Gene Harris
Gene Harris
Gene Harris
1933 - 2000
piano
-like sensibility and grasp of the blues. Snap-bright and swinging, Carr adds just enough funk for credibility, producing a song easily accessible and readily listenable.

Personnel: aul Carr: tenor saxophone; Bobby Broom: guitar; Lewis Nash: drums; Allyn Johnson: Piano; Michael Bowie: bass; Sam "Segutio" Turner: percussion.

Record Label: PCJE


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