Picks and Pans Review: Streamlines

updated 11/30/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/30/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Tom Scott

Scott, 39, has had a prodigious career as a jazz-rock saxophonist (and player of the lyricon, a synthesizer that sounds something like a saxophone). He has performed with such pop musicians as George Harrison, Barry Manilow, Joni Mitchell and Whitney Houston, as well as such jazzmen as Gerry Mulligan and Earl Klugh. He has composed themes for the TV from Starsky and Hutch to Family Ties and scored Stir Crazy, Soul Man and other films. All of which, to judge by this album, seems to have ground his creative instincts to an oatmealy consistency. The eight tracks on the album ooze along like the most incidental movie music and like the most vaporous New Age music, that California-spawned form reminiscent of time-lapse cloud cinematography. Even such talented sidemen as guitarist Eric Gale and keyboardist Richard Tee sound stupefied into formless noodling. It wasn't that long ago that Scott was fronting a fiery fusion outfit called L.A. Express, but nobody's going to get any fire out of this album without a match. (GRP)

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