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Break n' Bossa

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The Break n' Bossa series got off to a rough start with this, its first volume. Even established converts admit to the right time/mood laws of ironic South American techno-jazz and you can see why with Luciano Cantone and Bruno Bolla's pilot track selection. Bahia flutes, tin-can percussion, sloped acid jazz bass work, and cheap Moog-like inflections of electronics take emphasis on nearly every cut. The Rainer Trüby Trio makes a fine cluster of overexposed, slowed-down '70s orchestras and super-slick funk, whereas the squelched-up late-hour cigarette handclaps of les Gammas and the repeat appearances of Jazzanova are hard to come to terms with at anytime other than after a pleasantly apathetic night of clubbed-out crowd voyeurism.

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