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Bootsie Barnes & Larry McKenna: The More I See You

Read "The More I See You" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What a genuine pleasure it is to hang loose and appreciate the warm and enticing sounds and impressive teamwork of Philadelphia tenor saxophone legends Bootsie Barnes and Larry McKenna, a couple of seasoned pros who blend together as smoothly as marmalade on toast. It has been said--more than once--that experience is the best teacher, that there's no substitute for experience, that--well, you get the idea. Between them, Barnes and McKenna have more than a century of musical experience at their ...

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Bootsie Barnes: Bootsie Barnes: Boppin' Round the Center

Read "Bootsie Barnes: Boppin' Round the Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This CD featuring Bootsie Barnes and a group assembled for the occasion has one characteristic uncommon in an era of so-called 'smooth jazz,' rap singing, and canned music for every occasion from cinematically simulated inner city rumbles to drugs for erectile dysfunction. It really swings! It also 'bops around the center!' (I truly don't know what that means, but I like the phraseology. Forgive me for speculating, with a touch of humor, that it refers either to key changes or ...

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Robert "Bootsie" Barnes Quartet/Robert "Bootsie" Barnes Sextet: You Leave Me Breathless!/Hello

Read "You Leave Me Breathless!/Hello" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Robert “Bootsie" Barnes has been a fixture on the Philadelphia jazz scene for years. He has a steady gig at Philly's 23rd St. Café and over the years, has worked with a number of the many jazz stars that city has spawned. He also has an appearance on the Bill Cosby show to his credit. Although a graduate of the Coleman Hawkins school for tenor, Barnes' playing leans toward the soul-jazz style of Gene Ammons, Willis Gater Jackson and Houston ...


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