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Bosco & Jorge Ally in the Sky

It'll take you a whole 26 seconds to guess this was made in Chicago. And indeed a glance at the sleeve will reveal guest credits for Isotope 217's Rob Mazurek and the brothers Navin from Aluminum Group. Apparently, Bosco & Jorge, otherwise known as Bill Lowman and Brad Gallagher, met as kids at a Leo Kottke concert. Lo and behold, years later, they're still not straying far from Kottke's rustic, fingerpicking Americana. But the curiously titled Ally in the Sky sounds closer to more recent offerings from Rex, Pullman and Gastr Del Sol, approximating an ambient study in folk-blues minimalism with a sprinkle of out-jazz thrown in for good measure. It's quite nice-just nothing extraordinary.

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