As one might suppose from the band name and record title, Sirota and his cohorts believe that artists should keep their audience’s attention on the outrageous nature of contemporary politics, and that such a stance can make a difference. It is easy to remember other jazz artists who were once visible musical activists and who have now become less inclined to express themselves this way. So it’s refreshing to hear young musicians with more on their minds than trying to play the fastest scales in town or dress like fashion models. Moreover, it is obvious that these players gain a strong emotional focus from their convictions, which carries the music to a higher level.
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