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Prince Lasha & the Odean Pope Trio: The Mystery of Prince Lasha

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Fort Worth native Prince Lasha is usually mentioned in connection with longtime collaborator Sonny Simmons or for his appearances on two Eric Dolphy albums. His first album as leader in over 20 years begs the question, Why didn’t Lasha receive more attention the first time around? At 76, he’s still an exciting soloist, at home on alto and soprano saxophones and clarinet, with decent flute and piccolo chops. Playing with tenor saxophonist Odean Pope, bassist Tyrone Brown and drummer Craig McIver, Lasha makes up for lost time with a series of strong compositions that bring out the best in him and the group.

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