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Deepak Ram: Steps

The bansuri, an Indian bamboo flute, wasn’t built with jazz in mind, so it’s probably not fair to slight Deepak Ram for the off-key notes he blows in his version of “Giant Steps.” But that doesn’t mean it works, either. Over a tepid Latin rhythm by Vic Juris (guitar), Tony Marino (bass) and Jamey Haddad (drums), Ram’s version of the tricky melody is marred by warbled pitch and notes that cut off when they should sustain. It’s not the best way to begin an album.

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