Always August

Largeness with Wholes

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On their second release, this Virginia-based nonet continues to explore a genre that hip '70s rock-crits pejoratively dubbed jazz-rock. But fear not, this is no Berklee-bred BS&T chops-arama: it's more heady, swirling, quietly funkified stuff that only occasionally commands your attention. The problem is some of the instrumental passages are just plain boring, meandering when they should be stomping. Still, there's enough interesting stuff here ("Krypto" and "Rahsaan Rollin' Cat"), but as for this bag, it's definitely mixed.

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