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If I Could Be With You

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If I Could Be With You

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
John Sinclair
Producers:
Schoolkids
genre:
Spoken Word, Jazz

We gave it a B-

The onetime political activist and longtime jazz and blues enthusiast declaims his verse over a pretty good big band. Though it celebrates the unconventional, jazz poetry is itself a convention (the breathless, exalted cadences, the unreflective hero worship of Bird-Bud-Diz and other bebop icons) that can easily slip into unintentional self-parody. John Sinclair has the right heroes, but his indie odes and scratchy voice get on your nerves before If I Could Be With You‘s 64 long minutes are over. B-

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