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Richard Bona: Munia/The Tale

Richard Bona

Heaven knows what Universal is up to these days. Under the patina of respectability afforded by its “heritage” signings (Wayne Shorter, Shirley Horn, Michael Brecker, etc), the company’s real marketing push is on crossover sales, meaning jazz albums with the potential to sell in other markets: Diana Krall, Jamie Cullum, Lizz Wright and so on. This, perhaps unsurprisingly, tends to dilute the basic product, as on Munia/The Tale (Verve) by bassist Richard Bona, which is more world music with jazz flavoring than jazz with world flavoring.

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