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Steve Gadd

Acoustic guitarist Earl Klugh has always had an appealing sound, but so many of his recordings are sleepy affairs that do not raise themselves above the level of background music. This early session definitely falls into that category, and its reissue as a Blue Note CD reminds one of the swift decline of that label in the 1970s. The melodic music that Klugh creates is quite pleasant but little more than that, and the accompaniment by fellow guitarist Lee Ritenour, an anonymous-sounding rhythm section, and occasional horns and strings gives listeners no real reason to wake up. ~ Scott Yanow