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Dick Oatts: Use Your Imagination

Read "Use Your Imagination" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

At two adjacent points in this admirable recording, alto saxophonist Dick Oatts makes riveting, emotionally resonant sounds that transcend matters of style, execution and technique. These memorable moments stand apart from the customary pleasures and somewhat cerebral considerations of lending an ear to a jazz record. In both instances, Oatts' isn't intentionally tugging at heartstrings or trying to manipulate the listener's emotions. During the last forty-five seconds of the solemn “Lossofyou," Oatts vividly evokes the fragility of human existence by ...

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Dick Oatts: Bridging the Gap & Saxology

Read "Dick Oatts: Bridging the Gap & Saxology" reviewed by Fred Bouchard

Terell Stafford/Dick OattsBridging the GapPlanet Arts2010 Jerry Bergonzi/Dick OattsSaxologySteeplechase2009 You can't call Dick Oatts a 'fixture'--he's peripatetic and bouncy on his alto sax and ebullient, energetic and sprightly as a person--yet he's surely been a Gotham mainstay since arriving from the Midwest a mere 35 years ago, both as reedman (33 years as lead alto in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis > Vanguard Jazz Orchestra) ...


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