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While group singer Beata Begeniova is technically skilled, the sweetness of her voice usually takes some of the edge out of Harmonia's performances, and I have to fess up to an abiding displeasure with the traditional instruments played by Andrei Pidkivka—the sprightly wooden flute from Ukraine called the sopilka and the aspirated pan flute, with all of its egregious Andean and Zamfir connections. But when the rest of the group is trucking away, it's hard not be sucked in by their energy and gritty textures. Below you can check out the album's best track, "Seven Step Hora."
Jürg Wickihalder European Quartet, Jump! (Intakt)
Modern Jazz Sextet, Modern Jazz Sextet (Verve)
Rod Stewart, A Night on the Town (Deluxe Edition) (Warner Bros./Rhino)
Alfredito Linares, Salsa . . . a Todo Sabor (Lion Productions)
Kenny Dorham, Blues in Bebop (Savoy Jazz)