James Bernard
February 18, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Jazz in the Present Tense

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Chrysalis
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A

The Solsonics don’t attempt to force a shotgun wedding between hip-hop and jazz, although they clearly appreciate the grooves of the former and the improvisational craftsmanship of the latter. Here, the bass and drums get equal billing with the sax, trumpets, and keyboards, and the vocalists know not to hog the spotlight. Add some Latin and reggae influences, and you’ve got a jam session that’s multicultural without being corny.

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