by Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm

Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet – King of Xhosa (Self-Produced)

This collaboration between drummer Jeff Siegel and trumpeter Feya Faku is at its best when it digs into some spiritual jazz.  Things get plenty evocative and there’s a deft balance between intensity and joyfulness.  Nothing wrong with the tracks that take on a more straight-ahead sound, especially with a nice turn on the ballad “Ballad of the Innocent,” but it’s those spiritual jazz tracks that’ll leave you wanting more from the quartet (plus guests).

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