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CD reviews

WARRIOR, by Kesha; I DON’T HEAR NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES VOLUME 2: APPALACHIAN HAZE, by Jon Irabagon With Mike Pride and Mick Barr; UNHINGED, by Jon Irabagon’s Outright!

By Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen  /  NY Times News Service

Irabagon shows his rigorous side on this album, but also a touch of earnest sentiment. Silent Smile (Urban Love Song), involves a busload of guests in what seems an intentionally unwieldy Valentine. And Camp Douglas, which appears in three electronically manipulated snippets, is a tune he has been playing at least since 2008: its namesake would seem to be the trumpeter Dave Douglas, a formative influence on Irabagon, and now one of his steady employers. Its treatment here suggests one summit reached, with many more ahead.

— NATE CHINEN, NY Times News Service

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