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The opening sloosh of water accompanied by the gentle throb of an Ngoma drum imposes a graphic sense of place that is sustained throughout this lovely CD. Both were produced by Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale – the watery sounds are made by a gourd; later there’s wind and birdsong.

But this is a group effort, with Adewale and his multi-instrumental London-based quartet delivering delicate shades of rootsy, African-inflected jazz. All are multi-instrumentalists, with lilting rhythm and the sounds of flute, kora and double bass dominant.

Adriano Adewale

Raizes

(Caboclo Records)

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