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Miles Mosley is a singing upright bassist who draws much of his inspiration from the politically attuned funk of the 1970s - bands like War and Mandrill. His tunes place urgency and nostalgia in contact, as if they were two equally valid strands of idealism.

On the cover of "Uprising," his solo debut, Mr. Mosley appears in a black beret and sturdy black collar, staring evenly into the camera. There's no more ambiguity than that in the music, either. Over a cohort of five horns and six strings, he sings declaratory songs of lament and militant determination, over chord changes that always resolve to a tonic. On "More Than This," he sings, "Baby, the world was promised so much more than this."

At Mr. Washington's concerts over the past two years, he has often made time for Mr. Mosley to perform a song of his own, typically the sauntering "Abraham." There was a sense of rugged, against-the-odds affirmation in these live performances that is not altogether realized on the clean-cut recording. But as a document of song craft, and a rising talent's broad vision, it delivers.
PHOTO: Aaron Woolf Haxton

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