Album: Denys Baptiste, Identity by Subtraction (Dune)
Sunday 16 January 2011
Tenor saxophonist Baptiste follows Let Freedom Ring!, his Martin Luther King dedication from 2003, with a more questioning reflection on "life's experience as a black man of Caribbean descent, playing jazz music in the UK".
It's a quartet set and the nine songs mix the personal and the political, dealing with family, racism and love. Everything is worth hearing but three or four are absolute knockouts, including the beautiful ballad "Special Times" and the joyful "Dance of the Maquiritari".
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