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Billy Gibson The Nearness of You

Inside Memphis
Another fine release from Inside Memphis; this one features jazz harmonica player (and vocalist) Billy Gibson.  Gibson's sound is classic, with a jazzy swing carrying the listener throughout the disc. Though his presentation of disc-opener "When I Fall in Love" remains my favorite track, it's a solid journey throughout, with the music representing what you might hear at an especially hip piano bar or mellow juke joint. Other timeless numbers performed by Gibson on this disc include "Sweet Lorraine," "Misty," "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," and "In a Sentimental Mood."

Dave Tofani An American Garden

Solo Winds, Inc.
Saxophonist Dave Tofani has assembled some talented musicians to perform a fullfilling, enjoyable disc. The title track is uptempo, energetic jazz that showcases some impressive horn work. It's immediately followed by the introspective, somewhat melancholy "New York at Night." In all, this seven-song disc is a pleasant, rewarding listen.

Michael Bolton Only a Woman Like You

Jive Records
Classic Bolton, showing off his voice while adding a few new spices to the recipe. "I Wanna Hear You Say It," for example, will get you dancing a bit. The title track, of course, is one of Bolton's trademark soulful ballads. Other favorite cuts include "Love With My Eyes Closed," "Dance With Me," "Simply," and the crescendoing "Slowly."

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