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David Chevan/Warren Byrd: Let Us Break Bread Together

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When jazz comes with extra philosophical baggage-no matter how noble the sentiment-that added dimension should not detract from the intrinsic message of the music. Having said that, buyer beware: this album succeeds on a brotherhood level, but falls short on its musical raison d’etre.

Bassist David Chevan and pianist Warren Byrd are based in Connecticut and have been exploring “the Afro-Semitic experience” for the past four years. They’ve been giving concerts of Jewish and African-American sacred music-traditional tunes and gospel shouts-throughout the Northeast and this is their second album.

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