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October 24, 2007


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John Salmon

I wouldn't entirely dismiss MF's later work. There are only a few late 70's albums that don't include at least some solid jazz charts, and the last decade and a half of his career was entirely focused on jazz, even if his own technique was in severe decline from its former virtuoisity.

It is true, though, that MF's overall playing (as a jazz solist and multi-instrumentalist) was never as strong after the mid '60's as it had been previously.

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