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FERNANDO SAUNDERS (Buy CDs by this artist)
Cashmere Dreams (Grudge) 1989

A pair of Saunders' past employers — Marianne Faithfull and Lou Reed, who also co-wrote a song — offer generous endorsements on the back cover of the bassist's solo debut (no word from Jeff Beck or John McLaughlin, however), but that doesn't make this bland record sound any better. Saunders has a nice enough voice and acquits himself on a number of instruments (the main assists are from a drummer, synthesists and hornmen), but the material and performances are about as deep and exciting as Toto — who actually collaborated on two tunes.

[Ira Robbins]