The Art Of Living Dangerously

SKU: BR012
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Bucky Ball
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Fusion/Jazz
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Live album from this post-Brand X fusion ensemble featuring Percy Jones, Marc Wagnon, and Frank Katz. Culled from various dates it also features John Goodsall, Van Manakas, Mark Feldman and others.

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