Jerry Leake: Cubist (Rhombus)
Is "Plan 9" the sound of an alien invasion of Morocco? Maybe. "Caldera" runs through several Latin folk and jazz motifs, "Chrysalis" and other tracks feature tabla and other Indian flavors, and Africa comes through on "Smoke" and several other tracks. For reasons I can't clearly articulate, however, I find one of the most compelling tracks to be the counting song "Geo" -- which sounds like a mashup of the Futurama theme, Balinese kecak, and an instructive Sesame Street tune. Boston-based Leake and his collaborators push the concept of world percussion and they push the listener into challenging and rewarding new musical realms.
Jerry Leake:from the album Cubist
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