David Hadju
May 14, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Tailor Made

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Bobby Watson
genre
Jazz

We gave it a C+

Much-touted young alto saxophonist Bobby Watson says making a big-band album was ”one of [his] life wishes.” Unfortunately, wishing isn’t enough: The tunes on Tailor Made are like composition-class sketches; the orchestrations, Broadway-pit predictable.

Watson’s bandmate (who also plays on Tailor Made) pianist Stephen Scott fares infinitely better on what could be his breakout solo release, Aminah’s Dream, a collection of disarmingly simple small-band pieces — half of which could easily become future standards. Tailor Made: C+

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