Mecca Bodega: Skin

The rhythm ensemble Mecca Bodega’s sixth disc Skin not only has the expected percussion duels and barrages but also is more thematically varied than expected. For example, the second number, “Anytime Is a Good Time,” includes brass and dulcimer inserts as well as resolute exchanges between drummers. Besides the standard trap kit, some of the other instruments utilized include tables, congas, French horn, piano, dumbek, a beer keg, didgeridoo and didjbone.

The longer numbers like “Sidewinder,” “Doko” and “Anytime Is a Good Time” are most musically inspiring and interesting, because they evolve beyond lengthy call-and-response situations. You hear primary and secondary patterns, and fuller, more memorable passages. Mecca Bodega members’ flair with all types of drums is remarkable, and it’s the main reason for checking out this CD.