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Jimi Tenor Beyond the Stars

Jimi Tenor renamed himself after his favorite instrument-the tenor sax-and his love of woodwinds and brass remains after a 10-year career. Just listen. A Finnish native, Tenor toes the line between the sincerity of homage and hipster irony, melding jazz, lounge and some strains of rock and funk. Opener "Barcelona Sunrise" oozes like candy syrup, while "Moon Goddess" brings in strong horns. Sometimes he falters, as with "Sirens of Salo," whose tweeting birds don't help the choir vocals much. But then Tenor comes back with the subtly epic, subdued "Gamelavad," and all is forgiven.

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