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High-Voltage, picturesque, purposeful new jazz epics from the Alchemy Sound Project / NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY

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NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY - delarue writes......The Alchemy Sound Project's new album Afrika Love comes across as one of those recordings which under less duress would have been a 2020 release, and maybe a bit longer. It's fantastic as it is, with picturesque, edgy compositions from each of the band's core members and an acerbic, often combustible blend of very distinct, individual voices. There's a lot happening in these songs. Pianist Sumi Tonooka, multi-reed players Salim Washington and Erica Lindsay, trumpeter Samantha Boshnack and bassist David Arend are joined by trombonist Michael Ventoso and drummer Chad Taylor.

Clearly, this was a life well lived. Count this tantalizingly short album as one of the best of 2021 so far.