The Johnny Griffin classic “Chicago Calling” can also be considered a reference to the suburbs of the Windy City. Skokie, IL native, John Temmerman, influences include tenor titans like Chicago’s Eddie Harris, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and mutlti-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. His third recording Live in Evanston -- John’s Mixed Bag captures his band in live quartet and quintet performances from 2007 and 2008.
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....The [new] CD definitely offers a mixed bag, with selections ranging from Blue Moon by Rodgers and Hart to Lennon and McCartney's Norwegian Wood, and the traditional spiritual, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, all delivered in Temmerman's mellow jazz style. The recording also includes four original pieces by the musician: Plan B Downsized, An Aging Dream, Sooner or Later and Fundamental Dreamer.
...Pioneer Press, December 2008
...Temmerman is good at what he does, and The Power of Two [2001 CD] is an enjoyable demonstration of his versatility.
...All Music Guide
......John's talent on saxophone is filled with harmonic depth and incredible range, reminiscent of the imminent Dexter Gordon
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