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Russell Gunn: Ethnomusicology Vol. 1

This album is a rough-shod, self-conscious attempt to mix the rhythms and concepts of scratchy, hip-hop aesthetics with the atmospheric, Miles-inflected trumpet of Russell Gunn and an ensemble of other young musicians.

The result doesn’t satisfy; while at times they get a good funky groove going, the beats ultimately are pale and monotonous, and the clash of the mismatched cultures is jarring. The sum of these parts doesn’t make a whole, while I’m sure that the album will gain adherents from a fusion-driven popular crowd. However, the effect has no lasting value.

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