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Shades of the ’70s are again apparent on CAB4 (Favored Nations), an album of well-executed, if delightfully superficial, electric jazz. Full of spectacular flourishes and ballsy solos, it has Brian Auger (of Trinity fame) on keyboards, drummer Dennis Chambers, bassist Bunny Brunel and guitarist Tommy MacAlpine. While Auger and MacAlpine have their own following in rock, their power and intensity serves notice on how limp fusion can often be as the band goes into those places acoustic jazz cannot. Perhaps this is the appeal of the music, as so much jazz today sounds as if the Beatles never happened and acoustic jazz is becoming so self-referential it is beginning to go around in circles.

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