Album review: Karen Sharp, Spirit

****Trio Records TR588 £13.99

Baritone saxophonist Karen Sharp graduated from the Humphrey Lyttelton band and is now established as an in-demand solo star, who fits perfectly into mainstream and contemporary line-ups.

This quartet CD, which features her Tokyo Trio colleague Nikki Iles on piano, veers more towards the contemporary and features mainly jazz compositions written by pianists as well as some familiar movie/musical numbers.

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A terrific introduction to Sharp's authoritative, swinging baritone sax style.

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This article was first published in Scotland On Sunday, 29 May, 2011