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|Art Ensemble of Chicago|
Coming Home Jamaica
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Coming Home Jamaica, the Art Ensemble's first studio album since 1992's Thelonious Sphere Monk: Dreaming of the Masters, Vol. 2, (which also featured Cecil Taylor), was actually recorded in 1995. Except for the long the de... more »
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Coming Home Jamaica, the Art Ensemble's first studio album since 1992's Thelonious Sphere Monk: Dreaming of the Masters, Vol. 2, (which also featured Cecil Taylor), was actually recorded in 1995. Except for the long the delay, AEC fans will have little to complain about since Jamaica is an entertaining, great-sounding release. While it's not as adventurous as the group's finest material, AEC comes off here as tight, confident, and swinging. After 32 years in the business, the Art Ensemble still sounds great. --S. Duda
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(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fine jazz albumn (thus the four stars) but I'm oddly disappointed. I guess I was expecting a much heavier Carribean sound. The players are all top notch but most tracks sound like what you would expect to hear in any American club. There is one song, Strawberry Mango that has a satisfying reggae sound and sounds like they are having a lot of fun playing. The rest of the cd is good but sounds more Chicago than Carribean."
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Eric Wagner | Freetopia | 08/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
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