Acute Inflections, 400 is reviewed with Take Effect

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Acute Inflections

TAKE EFFECT

by Tom Haugen

ACUTE INFLECTIONS

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400

8/10Self-Released, 2021

Listen to 400

This May marked 40 years since Bob Marley passed away, and the duo of Acute Inflections, i.e. Elasea Douglas and Sadiki Pierre, are commemorating his life by interpreting a handful of his classic tunes with their bass and vocal formula.

After the brief, playful “400 Years Interlude 1” opens the album with careful plucking from Pierre and Douglas’ flawless pipes, they continue that approach to the very melodic “Stir It Up”, as well as charming, and soulful “No More Trouble”.

Closer to the middle, “One Love” flows with a dreamy, poetic quality where the pair retain the relevant spirit of the original, while “Concrete Jungle” emits an emotive demeanor amid an eloquent foundation. “Slave Driver”, one of the album’s best, then displays chunky bass as incredible singing unfolds with an alluring appeal you can’t help but be in awe of.

Near the end, “Get Up Stand Up” keeps the anthemic delivery of the original alive in a very pretty climate, and “Exodus” exits the listen with a very mature and technical finish that you’ll be singing along to immediately.

Douglas possesses a stunning set of pipes that are wise, intimate and capable of much diversity, and Pierre certainly knows his way around a bass, and together they turn reggae hits into groove filled jazz that continues Marley’s message of love, freedom and unity.

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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