"Mr. Sabbagh played with untroubled self-assurance, and his songs had a sleek and sturdy appeal. Just as crucially, his colleagues strove for the unexpected, individually and as an ensemble. - New York Times "Sabbagh let's these compositions speak for themselves. He's not afraid to simply play the melody, although when the spirit strikes him he can spin out inspired improvisations." - Down Beat (four stars) Plugged In, his fifth album as a leader, French-born, Brooklyn based saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh discovers the spark of inspiration provided by both assembling an exhilarating electric quartet and collaborating with the jaw-dropping Belgian keyboardist Jozef Dumoulin. As a composer, Sabbagh achieves that singing quality via propensity for rock-tinged pieces that embrace the accessibility of pop music without eschewing intellectual rigor. "I like trying to get to the essence of the songs, saying what you have to say and then moving on", Sabbagh says." I think having one song that's really different from the one before and the one after, like rock albums often do, keeps you alert and listening." the result is an album that is all about electrifying connections, the conjunction of the electric and the lyrical, and the raw edge of rock girding the sophisticated communication of jazz.
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