United Front, Live

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United Front’s swansong is their finest album – and a real rarity, too. The group proved ahead of their time and their thoughtful infusion of funk rhythms, dramatic flourishes, and hardy melodies into a shifting and adventurous free jazz framework had many critics calling them “sell outs.” Hardly. This record traffics in sturdy pleasures that sound riveting today. Think vintage Art Ensemble of Chicago and you’re partway there.

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