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Mike McAllister Group: Urban Sprawl

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Urban Sprawl is a bright, infectious exercise in jazz-funk from a quintet of promising Berklee-ites. The Mike MacAllister Group takes fusion in bold new directions with a hot, funk-simmered sound and the surprisingly fun inclusion of marimba.

All the compositions were written by MacAllister, who shows as much potential as a writer as he does on guitar. “A Little Shorter" and “Stevie Wonderland" do bear a charming resemblance to the music of their honorees -- much credit goes to saxman Gerad O'Shea, who roams freely between the territories of Wayne Shorter and David Sanborn -- while the other tunes are ...



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