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Daniel Freedman: Bamako By Bus

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Drummer Daniel Freedman, a New York native and member of the band Third World Love, steps out with his second album as a leader, blending jazz with Yoruban prayer chants, Moroccan music, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban rhythms, funk and pop. With Freedman on traps, the core group is rounded out by bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, keyboardist Jason Lindner and trumpeter Avishai Cohen. Special guests on this musical travelogue include bata master and vocalist Abraham Rodriguez, who plays on two folkloric numbers, “Odudua” and the clave-fueled “Rumba Pa’ NYC,” and the great Benin-born guitarist Lionel Loueke, who appears on the polyrhythmic jam “Elegba Wa” and three other African-flavored numbers. Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner also appears alongside trumpeter Cohen on the soothing ballad “Alona” and the grooving 7/8 number “Saaba.”

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