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Imagine Alice Coltrane decamping to Cuba with Roland Kirk and the Sun Ra Arkestra, and you have some idea of the Canadian big band’s latest excursion, rich with brass and bossa.

Also in the mix are fervid, funky highlife guitar, ethereal vibraphone work, Guinean polyrhythms and a hazy, hallucinogenic exuberance.

A cover of Gary Bartz’s ‘Celestial Blues’ is right at home in this environment.

The Souljazz Orchestra

Inner Fire

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