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Benjamin Boone with the Ghana Jazz Collective: Joy

Album review by Christa V.

Benjamin Boone is a saxophonist and a composer who recorded this album while living in Ghana for a year on a Fulbright scholarship. Tracks 1, 3, 5, and 6are all his original compositions. The entire record is incredibly energetic and full of life, definitely makes you want to get up and dance! I particularly loved“Maiden Voyage” for the great bass line underneath the sustained notes in the melody, and “The 233 Jazz Bar” for its funk influences. Track 6 features anexcellent female vocalist, and the song sounds more like a pop song than jazz which is an interesting touch of variety in a very jazzy record. And the finalsong, “Joy,” has a beautiful melody, very happy and dance-y, a perfect way to close it out!  Favorite tracks: 2, 3, 5, 7

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