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Jazz Review; Sosa's Worldly Recipe a Diverse Treat
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Heckman, Don
Date: Apr 18, 2002
Start Page: F.58
Section: Calendar Weekend; Calendar Desk
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Beginning with the incantatory "Opening for Eleggua," with its Yoruban spiritual references, the music continued in persistently blended fashion. [Bouchaib Abdelhadi]'s sweet-sounding, Middle Eastern- inflected vocals were juxtaposed against Los' poetic rapping. [Omar Sosa] dipped in and out of the sort of rhapsodic pianistics associated with Ruben Gonzalez, the driving arpeggios of McCoy Tyner and the offbeat accents of Thelonious Monk. At times as many as six players performed simultaneously on various percussion instruments, layering American backbeats, Moroccan rhythms and a collective sense of swing over the Cuban clave.

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