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Billy Mitchell: The Traveler

Southern California pianist Billy Mitchell’s stated goal with The Traveler is to express how the soul of black music is expressed in different cultures. It’s a big subject, but Mitchell pulls it off in his own smooth way, boosted immensely by cowriter and percussionist extraordinaire Munyungo Jackson. It’s music that’s easy to listen to, with the jazziest and most challenging piece offering a grooving and bluesy keyboard run on Eddie Harris’ “Freedom Jazz Dance.”

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