Tokenki

Dance Latitude

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Tokenki is another Bay Area group that starts with lots of rhythm and adds atmospheric synthesizers to provide a melodic base for their world music. Kim Atkinson plays all manner of percussion, from Chinese hand gongs that open up "Sambique Siciliano" to wind chimes and rainstick on "Cascade," with congas, djembe, bongos, cymbals and whistles on various tracks. Holding down the bottom is Kendrick Freeman on drumset, wood block and rhythm makers. Upbeat and lively for the first half, Dance Latitude heads into more spacious areas for the second part, featuring the keyboards of Tony D'Anna, who soars above and slides under the percussive brew Tokenki lays down. Dance movement are the likely outcome for Dance Latitude listeners.