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Jake Glasgow — Keepin' On

This sophomore release from a pretty impressive sax man, Jake Glasgow, has a lot of polish and great ideas on winning melodies. A Berklee grad who studied sax with Fred Lipsius of the famed Blood, Sweat & Tears band, Glasgow obviously took the time to consider how to make his sax speak a language not alien to smooth jazz but clear and distinct. His debut, Hangin’ With Mister G, was no slacker by any means, and this follow-up, Keepin’ On, just adds testimony to the man’s ability to groove with the best of them.

After opening with “A Tip of My Hat” a kickin’ tune not unlike many jammin’ smooth jazz openers (although he has his own catchy nuance and solid hook), Glasgow rolls into “Delray,” a poppin’ mid-tempo piece with a bit of attitude. The title track, which follows, is a nice, snappy little choreographed dance with the horns, helped along by a serving of lead guitar with a touch of sting and distortion. There are many other examples of that horn choreography, nowhere more pronounced than on “Sweet Tea,” and it adds such pop and tingle to the overall project. Very well-conceived and executed. Also, a lot of this material has a strong hint of that old school funk, as is evidenced in “Bump,” “Corduroy Jacket,” and “The Taker.”

Not being a great fan of covers, I do take notice of those done well, and Glasgow’s take on the old Five Stairsteps tune, “Ooh Child” is charming and a little off the beaten path. I like that.

All in all, Keepin’ On is just what Glasgow should be doing, for he has all of the necessary ingredients for a pretty successful career in this genre. — Ronald Jackson

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