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Gabriel Kahane - The Ambassador / Huffington Post review

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Gabriel Kahane's triumphant new album The Ambassador (Sony Masterworks) is a song cycle that casts a loving eye on Los Angeles architecture by naming each of the 12 tracks after a specific LA location, such as classic Hollywood eatery/drinkery Musso and Frank's; 304 Broadway, where parts of Blade Runner were filmed; and Union Station.

The record's centerpiece, "Empire Liquor Mart (9172 S. Figueroa St.)," is a nine-minute tour de force about the heartbreaking case of Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old African-American girl who was shot in the back of the head and killed by a store owner in 1991 while trying to purchase a bottle of orange juice. READ THE FULL Huffington Post REVIEW.