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Saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart’s credits range from trumpeter Roy Hargrove to nu-soul vocalist Erykah Badu, but on this album he celebrates his Franco-Guadaloupean roots with ten razor-sharp rearrangements of classic voodoo music.

The rhythms are tight, soulful and US contemporary, Schwartz-Bart and trumpeter Etienne Charles play like angels and the modal harmonies draw on jazz and voodoo in equal measure. Haitians Rosna Zila and Erol Josué, a voodoo priest, add the lead vocals whose poignant lyricism and sense of space show voodoo’s association with the occult is seriously misplaced.

Jacques Schwarz-Bart

Jazz Racine Haiti

(Motéma)

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