Filled with layered, precise arrangements that jump off the speakers and cut straight to your soul, Lenny White’s Edge (Hip Bop HIBD 8019; 60:40) is a great example of tearing down constricting genre borders and rebuilding from the ground up. Drummer White lays rock solid foundations for short-form artistic dramas like “Mr. DePriest,” a hard-fusion walk spritzed with horns and set up by Bennie Maupin’s dark bass clarinet. “Raiders in the Temple of Boom” builds a multi-layered, somewhat laid-back percussive foundation which peels back occasionally for hard-screaming lead figures to appear. White’s group features the dual bass work of Victor Bailey and Foley, adding to the gritty foundation.
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