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Abram Wilson: Ride! Ferris Wheel to the Modern Day Delta

Attention spans endangered as they are, a jazz concept album hardly seems advisable for a young player still searching for an audience.

With people still getting used to the idea of a rapper/instrumentalist, British saxophonist/MC Soweto Kinch dares to up the ante considerably with A Life in the Day of B19-Tales of the Tower Block. The 29-year-old’s second album and follow-up to 2003’s Conversations with the Unseen is the first of a planned two-part concept album (its companion, The Basement Fables, still awaits release) concerning the mundane but romantic lives of a Birmingham apartment’s three residents. Surprisingly detailed in its narrative and rich in texture, Kinch displays an almost startling progression from his impressive debut. Unfortunately, however, A Life in the Day too often slips under the weight of its own ambition.

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