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Praxis: Praxis: Transmutation Live

Achieving a cohesive fusion of improvised music and hip-hop is a feat that so far, has evaded most of the groove jazzers that have attempted it over the past five years or so. While most of the solutions have involved dropping a rapper into a live jazz setting, Praxis: Transmutation Live (Douglas Music, ADC5 60:03) throws out a different, and potentially more fruitful approach: Find some virtuosic turntablists, preferably the ones with enough plumbing to dive into uncharted territory when required. Then drop them into a live setting, and let them trade ideas with some forward thinking instrumentalists, preferably the ones with enough plumbing not to be intimidated by someone who can fuse Lonnie Liston Smith and Vivaldi on a whim.

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