Sliding out albums with little fanfare is not new for Kenny Dixon Jr, here as Moodymann, yet latest ‘Taken Away’ is a little more understated than may be expected. That’s no bad thing as the opening track, a straight House track warped into a Blues parable of deceitful love, showcases from the off. The title track builds off a grieving Roberta Flack classic and uncouples it, leaving its “take him away” phrasing both sinister demand and empowered plea. Few craft tracks with the largesse and the subtlety of Moodymann and ‘Taken Away’ continues the trend. Steady and sturdy, the rambunctious Funk thrills of previous releases have been pared back but the depth, nuance and vibrancy remain.