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Dr. Lonnie Smith: Jungle Soul

When Gene Ammons’ Bad! Bossa Nova was released, it was rare-and something of a commercial ploy-to combine “world music” and jazz. Four decades later, it is a vibrant and integral part of the music. But if the idea is more accepted now, more is also expected of it. And in this case at least, the good doctor delivers with this consistently appealing and inventive new set.

Like Ammons’ disc, Dr. Lonnie Smith’s Jungle Soul fuses intricate rhythms and soul jazz. Spare, sinewy and taut, it has a quietly insistent force, an undercurrent that pulls all-including the listener-along with it.

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