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Doug Jones — Crossing Lines

Oct. 18, 2018

Crossing Lines is the latest in the line of very fine recordings from saxophonist Doug Jones who simply continues to satisfy with his smooth and delectable blend of c-jazz grooves, led by his clear and passionate sax work.

This time around, the saxman offers an 8-track production where the average track time is about 5:00, providing you the listener with almost 40 minutes of deliciousness. Each track here is moving, soulful, full-bodied, and quite well-produced, starting with his cool and light “Watching the Sunshine” and continuing through with solid tunes like “1979,” “Cool J,” the strong and catchy title track that hosts a mean blues signature in with the mid-tempo cadence, “Zen Garden” (the title of this one just may be a bit deceiving as this has all the “fingerprints” of a good ol’ feel-good dance number), “Season Change,” a rather laid-back, slow & somber piece, “One Flight South,” and the closer “Hand Clappin’” which has that big band jive music feel to it — a “happy” tune.

This is a very refreshing trip along the pavements, highways, and coastlines of contemporary jazz, extracting every ounce of what’s good about the genre and pouring it directly into the heart of this record. You simply can’t go wrong with this kind of vibe. It’s strong, it’s durable, it’s got class, and it speaks to you. A piece of living art that can only enhance this wonderful genre. Once again, Jones shows us why music soothes the savage beast. Just listen, and help yourself to that trip. – Ronald Jackson