- Ibeji by Greg Simmons
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Good god, this song is beautiful. It sent chills up my spine not unlike Don Pullen's work with the African-Brazilian connection. When the year ends, this album will undoubtedly receive some Top Ten recognition.
"Ibeji" looks at Brazilian music & American jazz as twin children of Mother Africa, separated at birth, sent off to grow up in distant parts of the world, now reunited. With Rufus Reid, Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca, Tim Horner, and Joel Martin. The Brazilians play American tunes Brazilian style, and the Americans play Brazilian tunes Jazz style, to explore how the twins are still similar and how they now differ. Powerful originals by Paul Lieberman recombine elements in beautifully surprising ways. Includes guest appearances by Allman Brothers co-founder Jaimoe and cellist Eugene Friesen.
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