The late-breaking, unexpected, and perfectly awesome horn solo has long been an effective pop-song device, dating back at least to "Take a Walk on the

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Best Flute Performance in a Quiet-Storm Setting

Bernie Jacobs

The late-breaking, unexpected, and perfectly awesome horn solo has long been an effective pop-song device, dating back at least to "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" and "Lively Up Yourself." The tradition is taken into a higher-pitched realm on Can't Get Enough, this year's irresistibly smooth release of "quiet storm" R&B from Seattle pianist/singer Darrius Willrich. On a slow-grooving track called "Desire," Willrich calls in longtime Seattle jazz cat Bernie Jacobs for flute duty. And the veteran just tears it up, playing chorus after chorus of burning, breathy, soul jazz licks, climaxing with an outburst of "Love Supreme." Most of Darrius' disc is pure urban-soul pleasure, but Bernie raises the top and then takes the disc over it.—Mark D. Fefer

 
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