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Carl Cox – Feelin’ Fine

Aug. 18, 2017

Ok, so just who is Carl Cox, you ask? Well, he’s a freelance touring saxophonist/recording artist/educator from Southern Jersey. He is also the full time Music Director at Deptford High School and Adjunct Professor of saxophone at Rowan University. He’s one dynamic, passionate, and soulful saxophonist who has nurtured his sax skills and plotted out how they would fit in the contemporary jazz world. It appears that he may have found the path.

Cox has performed with a number of who’s who in the biz including Gerald Veasley, Jeff Lorber, Billy Paul, the late Chuck Loeb, Maysa, and Brian Culbertson, to name but a few. Venturing out on this debut 5-track EP entitled Feelin’ Fine, the saxman does a wonderful job of impressing. His material has a confident stride, lots of body, and a genuine feel for the groove that has worked for so many.

Accompanying Cox is one very versatile Evan Dease who plays all other instruments here and does a masterful job of it.

Considering that the flavor of this EP is quite the appetizer for more, the album ends much too quickly and leaves one clamoring for more. Here’s hoping that he’ll soon offer more.

As it stands, the lead track “Feelin’ Fine” goes a long way in introducing this saxman with its down-on-the-street beat and catchy funk presence. Following that with “Cool Breeze,” a mid-tempo, funky piece that allows his sax to really sing to listeners with a smooth hook and slick melody, Cox gets the groove set for the remainder of the EP, not missing stride at all.

An artist for whom to keep an ear open, Cox may be concocting a strong musical brew here that could prove to have a lot of staying power. Grab a listen. – Ronald Jackson