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Joachim Kühn / Majid Bekkas / Ramon Lopez: Chalaba

Read "Chalaba" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The sleeve notes to Chalaba describe German pianist and alto saxophonist Joachim Kühn as a veteran “of the conscious avant-garde." This is certainly accurate--he's worked with Archie Shepp and Ornette Coleman, among others--but the description sounds rather forbidding, a portent of some serious and complex sounds for the mind but not the body. Thankfully it misleads: ...


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Joachim Kuhn / Majid Bekkas / Ramon Lopez: Out Of The Desert

Read "Out Of The Desert" reviewed by Chris May

Boundary busting and inventive though it was, Kalimba (ACT, 2007)--the first album by German pianist Joachim Kuhn, Moroccan vocalist and guembri player Majid Bekkas, and Spanish drummer Ramon Lopez--ultimately felt like Kuhn's album more than a fully integrated, cross-cultural group exercise. Two years on, the trio's second outing, Out Of The Desert, offers a deeper mix--and ...


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