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Corina Bartra and Azu: Bambu Sun

While the album notes credit vocalist-percussionist Corina Bartra as exploring her “Afro-Peruvian jazz roots,” there is not much in this CD that conjures those textures in this unfocused but well-intended effort. Bartra’s uneven, bilingual vocal performance is markedly amateurish amid several top-notch musicians, and her attempts at vocal scatting are less than capable. The musicians try to save the project, but they inevitably become overshadowed by Bartra’s painfully elementary abilities.

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