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Squat: Squat

Squat is an eclectic Atlanta quartet that blends straight-ahead and contemporary jazz with samba, Cuban, ambient and other genres. Although the band performs with plenty of verve, they attempt too much, choosing variety over consistency. The album lacks a clear identity, and some aspects of the mix cheapen the whole-surely a real piano could have been found somewhere. Still, there are successes. “Estrellas” is fun and lively, “Dialogues” is an effective blue-toned creep, and “Bronkar” has an exciting dancefloor quality.

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