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Various Artists Blue Note Trip: Jazzanova

Jazzanova‘s six crate diggers emerge grinning from the Blue Note archives, clutching two discs stuffed with 70s-era gems from when Horace Silver and Lee Morgan‘s hard bop met the Afro-Cuban strain. Each plays like a modern DJ set: opening with a blast, going deeper into soulful tracks and spinning out on a relaxed run-out groove. The vocal tracks are skippable, betraying Jazzanova‘s occasional easy listening preferences, but a few standouts-James Moody‘s "Tin Tin Deo," a banger en espanol, and Sam River‘s epic, Coltrane-ish "Beatrice"-keep things honest.

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