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by Jack Bowers
The first thing one notices about Al Maniscalco's tenor saxophone is its smooth, burnished sound. He has obviously worked hard on that, as he has on his explicitly laid-back delivery. The next thought that springs to mind is that Maniscalco is an accomplished improviser--on tenor or soprano--who always has a specific goal in mind and knows how to reach it while keeping the listener happily engaged. As one of his teachers was Bunky Green, that's readily understandable.
Maniscalco, of course, ...read more