Merl Saunders
Still Having Fun

First Appeared in The Music Box, November/December 1996, Volume 3, #8

Written by John Metzger

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This is Merl Saunders' follow-up to 1991's Save the Planet So We'll Have Someplace to Boogie. Like it's predecessor, Still Having Fun captures some of the best moments from one of his concerts.

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The latest incarnation of Saunders' Rainforest Band has been together for a number of years and sounds tighter than ever on this release. All of the selections were recorded in 1993 with the exception of Lonesome Fever which is taken from a House of Blues performance last year.

Most notable are three tracks recorded in Denver on June 10, 1993 with saxophone player Billy Tolles. I Feel Like Dynamite and Sugaree all take off to another realm as Tolles, Saunders, and guitarist Michael Hinton take turns ripping through the songs. In contrast, the three performers show how delicately they can craft their music by masterfully handling the classic My Funny Valentine. starstarstar

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Ratings

1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!

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Copyright 1996 The Music Box