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"Sideyard Tracks" is a bright example of contemporary crossed with hard bop and soul. Guitarist Bobby Broom 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-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:
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.