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Gold Coast: Latitudes

The warm, acoustic textures of the trio Gold Coast invite audiences to take the album title seriously, as Latitudes (JonJohnJohnny Music JJJ 43816; 52:40) literally journeys through the compass points, painting pictures of various musical destinations. Gold Coast’s Jon Coleman (guitars, marimba and vibes), John Ugarte (bass) and John Pickell (percussion) travel with a bright supporting cast to such diverse locales as the Mexican Riviera on “Costa del Sol,” which spins a reflective guitar intro into a hooky, dream-light melody; to a Manhattan jazz club for the swinging, neotraditionalist “November High,” featuring Patrice Rushen ragging on piano. A joyful and smooth calypso ride, marked by minimalist guitar, guides “Falling Again,” and Gerald Albright’s charming flute melody captures the fun of ships gathering post-race harborside in “Flotilla.” The trio builds evocative textures as well as hooky melodies-most notably on the gorgeous “Dunes,” with an array of native percussions and Mamak Khadem’s haunting vocal lending African coastal flavor, and taking the piece from sparkling litheness to heady rocking. Signature tune “Gold Coast” proves equally inviting, bringing a warm and simple melody through thick percussion, string and rain textures.

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