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Jazz Roots: The Music of the Americas

by Various Artists

Jazz Roots: The Music of the Americas by Various Artists

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Jazz Roots: The Music of the Americas

by Various Artists

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Label: MASTERWORKS JAZZ
Sure, "America's classical music" is a house partially built on African rhythmic foundations, but there's something a bit out-of-tune about kicking off this sprawling overview of the Music of the Americas with Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji while neglecting to include other seminal streams of influence. This Smithsonian compilation, while laudable for its worthy ambition to drill to the essence of a great American genre, emerges as a fairly erratic compilation. Kudos for the Parker, Joplin, Miles and Monk, but including Kenny G and omitting Coltrane gives it a comically flawed aftertaste.

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Sure, "America's classical music" is a house partially built on African rhythmic foundations, but there's something a bit out-of-tune about kicking off this sprawling overview of the Music of the Americas with Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji while neglecting to include other seminal streams of influence. This Smithsonian compilation, while laudable for its worthy ambition to drill to the essence of a great American genre, emerges as a fairly erratic compilation. Kudos for the Parker, Joplin, Miles and Monk, but including Kenny G and omitting Coltrane gives it a comically flawed aftertaste.

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About This Album

Sure, "America's classical music" is a house partially built on African rhythmic foundations, but there's something a bit out-of-tune about kicking off this sprawling overview of the Music of the Americas with Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji while neglecting to include other seminal streams of influence. This Smithsonian compilation, while laudable for its worthy ambition to drill to the essence of a great American genre, emerges as a fairly erratic compilation. Kudos for the Parker, Joplin, Miles and Monk, but including Kenny G and omitting Coltrane gives it a comically flawed aftertaste.