May 14, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it an A-

Using every brush in the box, this London crew makes a pop-jazz mural with 21st-century vision in Making Bones. Pivoting around Richard Thair’s massively funky drumming and Ali Friend’s muscular double bass, Red Snapper combine Miles Davis’ ’70s groove collage with Roni Size’s ’90s digital soul, while guests diva Alison David and rapper MC Det conjure songs from fractals of melody and rhythm. Tell me: Why can’t all fusion sound this good? A-

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