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Joe Chambers: The Almoravid

Recorded in 1971 and ’73 and originally issued on Muse, this album seems part of the Bitches Brew aftermath without directly imitating that famous Miles Davis album. Built around Chambers’ drums, it frequently employs electric piano, prominent Fender bass, and extra percussion. While the leader’s drum solos are crisp and powerful and his accompaniment dynamic and invigorating, the album is limited by ostinato bass patterns, scant melodic interest, and a scarcity of horn solos (especially in view of who the horn players are).

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