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by Mike Perciaccante
Crescent City is tenor saxophonist Nat Simpkins' fourth CD and undoubtedly his best. Simpkins has created a hard-boppin', soul-jazz masterpiece, giving his sound a touch of that old Nawlins funk. The result is a gumbo of sorts that is rollicking and yet sentimental.
Simpkins brought together a stalwart group of New Orleans musicians to perform six originals and four covers. Crescent City has a timeless quality: the album sounds as if it would not be out of place ...read more