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Babatunde Lea: Suite Unseen: Summoner of the Ghost

Babatunde Lea (center) and band

Bay Area drummer and composer Babatunde Lea traverses Mother Africa and American bebop on his ambitious Suite Unseen: Summoner of the Ghost (Motema). While the centerpiece of Lea’s sixth album as a leader is his five-movement suite intended to call in the spirits of his African ancestors, it is interspersed with contributions from bandmates trombonist Steve Turre (“Motivation,” “Inconspicuous”) and saxophonist Richard Howell (“The Bay Area’s Afro-Latin Funky Love Shuffle,” “Maeeah’s Big Adventure”) that more seek to summon up the spirits of J.J. Johnson, Cannonball Adderley and Art Blakey.

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