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Ed Spargo — Too Much TV

Feb. 12, 2011

Veteran bassist Ed Spargo offers a rather interesting and diverse mix of smooth jazz and cool jazz here with Too Much TV.  This one has a suave approach and pristine handling of cool. The crisp talkative sax work and its wonderful runs, the tender call of the trumpet, the at-times humble bass lines, all seem work to produce a solid romantic piece of work.

All of the tracks here are written by Spargo.  The title and lead track starts off as a tender though upbeat tune with nice horn action then morphs into a solid, contemporary tune with intense moments. That’s followed by a “traditional” smooth jazz vibe, “Moon Song (for Tina),” loaded with lots of romantic soul and melody, the sax leading the way on this seductive journey.  The title of the next track, “Ice Box,” led me to anticipate a kicker for some reason. Instead, it turned out to be a nice, smooth, swaying piece with a lovely sax melody and nifty piano runs.  Oh, there are “kicker” places, like partway through “April 24,” a sleeper that wallops you when you least expect it, and “Lukewarm Duck,” the finale.  In between, you get the smooth, rhythmic grooves like “Little Pools,” cool soul Hammond B3 jazz like “Soul Song #1” and cool jazz numbers like “One Broadway”  to caress away the rough edges.

Spargo has put together a very pleasant and diverse album, indeed. Great use of instruments, phrasings, and style.  One for your library, for sure.  If you’re one of those who’s guilty of watching too much TV, maybe this album will help to deter that habit. — Ronald Jackson

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