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The Budos Band The Budos Band

On its debut disc, the Staten Island-based Budos Band represents Shaolin with a varied set of funk instrumentals. It‘s a groovy set for damn sure, with timekeeping as tight as a Swiss watch and flowing horns that roll like waves rather than puncturing songs with staccato stabs. Tracks like "Eastbound" bring some Afro-Caribbean rhythms to bear on the band‘s laid-back approach, as a Latin trumpet line softly speaks above the mix. Elsewhere, "Aynotchesh Yererfu" bottoms out with blaring saxophones that nod at Afro-beat. While nothing here shines brightly or makes a case for the band outshining its influences, The Budos Band will get your head-nodding nonetheless.

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