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  • Strange Meeting [Antilles, 1987] B+

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Strange Meeting [Antilles, 1987]
Obliging fellows that they are, Ronald Shannon Jackson and Melvin Gibbs cede this trio to guitar tastemaster Bill Frisell, yielding his strongest music and their nicest. Somehow the effect is basically atmospheric whether they're new-aging "Wadmalaw Island" or covering "Unchained Melody" or wrecking "The President's Nap" or pulling out the rage on "Howard Beach Memoirs." Yet somehow they're always funky as well. Nice and strong--especially nice. B+