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CD Review By Jeff Simon

A Time for Love [Saxman] Every year he's a stalwart of  the summer jazz series on the steps  of the Albright-Knox Gallery. But  none of what the tenor saxophonist  plays with the Buffalo Jazz  Workshop much resembles this  sensitive disc of standards with  synthesizer and strings. With his  breathy Websterian low notes, fluid  legato and mainstream melody, he's  a solid tenor player in Zoot Sims  mode, and that's not exactly a  common commodity in jazz these  days. He never quite makes it up  one more notch into the sulfurous  swing and absolutely unearthly  beauty that will remind you of Stan  Gets, but this is still happily  unabashed as any mainstream tenor  playing you'll hear this side of Scott  Hamilton. The rest of the group isn't  quite on his level, but his pianist  and arranger, Dennis Michaels, has  given him nice, undemanding  settings to create a ballad disc of  very pretty mood jazz. And there  aren't all that many of those in jazz  these days, either.

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A Time for Love

I've wanted to do this CD for a long time, but it would not have been possible without  the help of my friend, Dennis Michaels. Dennis is a brilliant arranger, pianist and vocalist who  produced this project for me. His wonderful arrangements gave just the mood and feel I  wanted. Thanks Dennis. Thanks also to the fine musicians (listed below) who worked on the  project. Mark Vincent is a very talented engineer who recorded, mixed and mastered the CD. Great job, Mark. Finally I'd like to thanks all my friends and family who have been so  supportive of my playing over the years. This album is dedicated to two loves of my life,  Evvie and Sandy...enjoy...Don.  1. I had the craziest dream (4:19) 2. Someone to watch over me (4:01) 3. When love disappears (4:59) 4. I've got a crush on you (4:19) 5. A time for love (5:25) 6. I don't stand a ghost of a chance (5:09) 7. The very thought of you (5:04) 8. My one and only love (4:42) 9. In the wee small hours of the morning (4:09) 10. I'll close my eyes (3:57) 11. We'll be together again (4:04) 12. Two for the road (5:27) 13. The night we called it a day (4:00) Thanks to: Dennis Michaels-Piano, Synthesizer Strings Doug Mac Donald-Guitar Richard Simon-Bass Paul Kreibich-Drums Herry Scorzo-Violin Michael Harrison-Violin Dennis Michaels-Producer and Arranger Mark Vincent-Engineer recorded, mixed and mastered at: Multi Music Recording Studios Toluca Lake, CA 91602-  May, 2000 Stanford Lipsey-Photography
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