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Chico Freeman: The Emissary

Chico Freeman has crafted a varied disc here, once which explores a number of global and ethnic vistas, most of them original pieces. His accompaniment includes Afro-Cuban and African percussion, acoustic and electric basses and guitars, and vocals-both lead and background. Chico celebrates Mandela with some high life African voicings; then he traverses the desert sands, bass clarinet in tow, on “The Emissary.” Next is a detour to the Iberian peninsula with Spanish guitar, soprano sax, and spare percussion reminding one of a Spaghetti Western soundtrack-call it “Sketches of the Pampas.”

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