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On her new studio album, Laila Biali revives the urge to fight for a better world. This is achieved primarily through a good arrangement.

The title of the opener is doubly coherent: Laila Biali starts with "Revival". The one awakening that the Canadian is singing about is the worldwide pioneering urge to take to the streets again for a better world - a deep curtsey in front of the Greta Thunbergs of this world. The other reawakening that runs through the entire album "Out of Dust" is musical in nature: Such ambitious songwriter jazz rock has most recently been heard from a Cassandra Wilson, or much earlier from a Flora Purim or Joni Mitchell. Instrumental arrangements that have been brushed off with a fine brush alternate with Laila Bialis's sparkling timbre. She uses her piano playing as clearly contoured as her voice. That has a deep effect, in their own compositions as during the only cover -Gregory Porter's "Take me to the Alley". Soprano saxophonist Godwin Louis delivers soulful moments in the almost perfectly acting studio ensemble. ron

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