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Babatunde Lea: March of the Jazz Guerrillas

When this CD arrived I was prepared to dislike it. Bad hair day. Electrician hadn’t shown up again-three weeks late and counting. I begrudgingly ripped open the shrink-wrap, popped open the jewel box and jammed the damn disc in the player. Well, only seconds went by before I realized they call ’em jewel boxes for a reason.

While there’s nothing classic or legendary about it, March of the Jazz Guerrillas is totally enjoyable; a wonderful tapestry of richly woven textures held together by the woof and warp of the drums and percussion of session leader Babatunde Lea. His choice of lower registers in the arrangements throughout most of the tunes creates a hypnotic base for soloists to sail over.

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