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Lester Bowie: Gittin' to Know Y'all

Brian Case, Melody Maker, 24 February 1979

LESTER BOWIE plays trumpet the way Leo Watson scats. His music is a funfair hall of mirrors with as many straight lines as a switchback and the nervy adrenalin of a vaudeville comic who, any second, expects the emergence of that long pole with the crook from the wings. It's a carnival style, but the content is as caring as a beakful of pre-chomped nourishment for the fledglings.

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