Larry Steen

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Larry Steen has long been a student of music from other cultures. The electric bassist enjoys mixing in rhythms and melodies from other lands with fusion-oriented jazz. His nine originals on this CD (plus the traditional "Whelan's Jig") include aspects of music from Turkey, Ireland, Cameroon, Brazil, Israel, Bulgaria, Greece, Armenia, Trinidad, Poland, and Venezuela. There are also plenty of jazz solos and harmonies heard throughout Steen's fascinating set. Steen utilizes very flexible and skilled musicians in his group, plus such guests as Ernie Watts on reeds, keyboardist Tamir Hendleman, clarinetist Leo Chelyapov, and guitarist Robben Ford. The high musicianship and wide range of instrumental colors, exotic rhythms, and time signatures make this a highly recommended recording for listeners with open minds toward world music and fusion.

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