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Olu Dara

Trumpeter/guitarist/vocalist/ composer/actor Olu Dara conjures up a very tasty musical gumbo on his first Atlantic release, In The World. Subtitled, “From Natchez to New York,” the Mississippi native, a New Yorker for more than three decades, draws from many eras of jazz, along with blues, R&B, gospel, Afro-Caribbean, African music and theater as well. His collaborators on In The World have “mostly been with me for nearly 15 years” and the result is a cohesive creation that seamlessly weaves diverse elements in new and intriguing ways.

A distinctive cornet player, Dara enjoys playing guitar as well, with tracks on the recording featuring his vocal and guitar. “These really fit my personality. I do those things at home when I come home at night and sit, just me and the guitar. That’s my favorite situation because I can travel without structures.”

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