Afro Blue Persuasion
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The dusty-fingered diggers behind TRAMP Records have unearthed something rather special here: an unreleased, full-length recording of a live performance by hitherto unheralded combo Afro Blue Persuasion, an Afro-Cuban Jazz band fronted by Bay Area stalwart Ulysses Crockett. The full album, "Live at Haight Levels", will be released in 2019. As a taster, TRAMP has served up two tight edits of epic album tracks. "Philadelphia Mambo" is particularly potent, with breezy piano riffs and inspired saxophone solos rising above and distinctive mambo groove and tons of additional hand percussion. The flipside features their loose, solo-laden interpretation of bossanova classic "Girl From Ipanema". It's pretty darn good, though lacks the sheer ebullience of the more dancefloor-focused A-side.