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Music Review: 'Sketches of James'

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Sketches of James

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Various Artists
Producers:
Koch

We gave it a C

James Taylor has written his share of elegant and durable songs, but interpreting them in a crease-free smooth-jazz manner, or with a far too emphatic R&B slant — as this multi-artist tribute (Tower of Power, New York Voices, Les McCann, among them) too often does — is an homage you wouldn’t wish on an enemy. When singer and song come together gracefully (hear Shirley Horn’s wistful ”Secret o’ Life”), the project properly satisfies — but all too often, it’s strictly hit-or-miss. C

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