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2 stars Ah well, while I am at it, mainly because I mentioned Zzebra in relation of IF before. Also because there is not a single rating to this piece, yet. But that's hardly a surprise.

When legendary British Jazz-Rock band IF "expired" some former members resurrected the spirit by forming Zzebra that included parts of former Osibisa crew. After a somewhat promising start, this band, too suffered from changes in line-up and direction. This, their fourth - last - album features Dave Quincy (saxes) as the last remaining IF member and the music no longer bears much semblance to that band.

The material here sounds more like Osibisa doing their filler tunes and calling it even Prog- Related (as far as the music is concerned) would require a stretch of imagination. Contrary to the odd, nice solo, this work as a whole lacks inspiration. Santana-like rhythms, Soul, African, R&B, Jazz are thrown in in no particular harmony and those styles performed at the bottom end of their respective genres and poorly (not) blended together.

Some live tunes are added to the work and they lift the game however slightly, but really, this album is rather poor and best to be avoided. 2.5 at the most.

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