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Garaj Mahal: Blueberry Cave

The San Francisco band Garaj Mahal will never be accused of stylistic timidity. Indeed, they try so many things on Blueberry Cave that sometimes they get too ambitious. Kai Eckhardt is a fantastic bassist, one of fusion’s finest groove players, but he’s not a good scat singer and should avoid putting any more of those vocals on record. The unnecessary “‘Spect Rap” includes questionable hip-hop references with blaring sitar, and the excessive guitar-keyboard duel between Fareed Haque and Eric Levy nearly ruins the otherwise excellent title track.

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