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  • Summary: The latest full-length solo release from Dap-Kings saxophonist Cochemea Gastelum features influences from North Africa, India and Mexico.
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  1. Feb 27, 2019
    80
    It's a globetrotting affair: the wah-wah brass and dhol drums of "Mitote" make for a savoury blend, the Indigenous chants and percussion reverberate in title track "All My Relations," the mid-'70s Stevie Wonder/Herbie Hancock-styled funk of "Mescalero" hits the spiritual spot, while the smooth sax of "Seyewailo" offer up a sonic take on bliss.
  2. Feb 27, 2019
    80
    The beauty of this creative work is that you’ll hear different sounds almost every time you play it. The melodies are infectious, and the playing is immensely inspired. It’s a risky concept that succeeds brilliantly.
  3. Mojo
    Feb 27, 2019
    80
    A thought-provoking, welcome addition to the cosmic jazz uprising. [Apr 2019, p.94]
  4. Mar 1, 2019
    79
    All My Relations boasts a syncopated charm that stems from the freedom of groove inherent in jam sessions. But the album’s spiritual elevation comes from Gastelum’s songwriting process.
  5. Feb 27, 2019
    70
    Cochemea makes omnivorous music, antsy and tough to pin down. As you’d expect from a Daptone production, it has a crisp, clipped vintage-gear airiness and an earthy rare groove feel.
  6. Mar 15, 2019
    62
    Warm and thoughtful as the intentions behind it, the music on Relations at times skirts close to the territory occupied by those Persuasive Percussion albums that clutter up used LP bins.
  7. Mar 5, 2019
    60
    The fleeting interlude Sonora, inspired by Cochemea’s Yaqui (an Indigenous nation from Mexico) ancestors, brightens the album with a hint of tropical sax.
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