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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Space Jungle Luv

Posted on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Space Jungle Luv
Label: Anthology
Length: LP
Rated: NONE
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Space Jungle Luv
Anti-war marches, an oil shortage, a welcome vice-presidential resignation, overwhelming calls for a president's impeachment, Watergate â?¦ things have really turned around in the United States since the 1970s, haven't they? Beneath the decade's turbulent newspaper headlines, the underground jazz community produced a portrait of abundant creativity in what would become Oneness of Juju, a jazz-funk-soul outfit whose improvisation on Space Jungle Luv remains boisterous and vibrant 30 years after its release. Before Oneness of Juju, saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist/founder of the band's original structure J. Plunky Branch took his morphing bands and musical ideas from New York's Columbia University to California and then back to Richmond, Va., where the existing Juju added 'Oneness ofâ?� to its handle and a lead vocalist called Lady Eka-Ete (Jackie Holoman-Lewis). Following African Rhythms (Oneness of Juju's acclaimed debut), 1976's Space Jungle Luv harbors all the relaxed earmarks of a stoned impromptu afternoon jam, with rampant congas and vibes slinking around the rich final product. Eka-Ete offers, 'My song is love, not war,â?� over the mishmash of jangling and woodwinds on 'Bootsie's Lament,â?� reining in Oneness' vast tapestry, which is most audibly intact when her earnest, soothing vocal is in earshot.

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