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  • Royal Garden Blues [Columbia, 1986] B+

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Royal Garden Blues [Columbia, 1986]
Though many tout him as the big talent in the family (not counting Dad, of course), they're just making conversation: he's more fun for damn sure, but his artistic personality is still unformed. Much as I dig the Gershwin flagwaver, the art of jazz wouldn't be a C-note poorer if this solid blowing record had never existed. Hype aside, that can't be said of Wynton. B+