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For the past few years, Jeff Coffin has been serving as Bela Fleck and the Flecktones’ serious horn man. Stepping out to make one seriously amazing record, the tenor saxophonist gets by with a little help from his friends, who also happen to be some of the world’s baddest ass musicians: Victor Wooten, Kirk Whalum, Bela Fleck, DJ Logic, and many more. Bloom is like a musical Mardi Gras that parades down Bourbon Street and into your heart. Blurring the lines between soul, blues, funk, R&B, jazz, and bluegrass, this CD will make even the biggest dork want to hit the dance floor and shake it. I can’t think of a better collection of grooves than the rhythm section offers on “The Mad Hatter Rides Again.” The title track is an interesting piece dedicated to a volunteer music education program started in Nashville by former Coleman Hawkins’ bassist, W.O. Smith. Of course, Coffin’s soaring melodies and stinging solos will make one rediscover the joy of sax.