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Jazz Jamaica All Stars: Massive

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By all rights, Jazz Jamaica All Stars’ Massive should break through to the fabled mainstream and sell a million copies-to hipsters looking for something a little different to get bodies moving at crowded parties, to jazz aficionados who appreciate sizzling solos over bumping beats, to Jamaican pop fans who can see their touchstones as points of departure, to people who love the brassy swagger of big bands and miss when you could dance to it.

Blooming from British bassist Gary Crosby’s Jazz Jamaica group, the 20-strong All Stars work from a simple but devastatingly effective formula: A dynamite rhythm section lays down infectious grooves while trumpets, trombones and saxes play seductive arrangements that leave plenty of room for high-spirited solos. The musicians Crosby has assembled hail from backgrounds including jazz, reggae, ska and pop, and they can play anything: Jamaican standards like “My Boy Lollipop,” jazz compositions like Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints,” the reggae anthem “Liquidator,” and even Burt Bacharach’s “Walk on By.”

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