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Toca Loca 

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A musical interlude removed from a play, a score cut loose from choreography or a soundtrack excised from a favourite cartoon: apt metaphors for this album by Toca Loca, a trio comprised of pianists Gregory Oh and Halifax's Simon Docking and percussionist Aiyun Huang---all share vocals. But it's the non-vocal compositions (the eighth, ninth and 10th tracks by composers Quinsin Nachoff, Erik Ross and Nicole Lizée) that offer the listener structure and clear reference points. The rest are self-referential, abstraction for its own sake, and the listener ends up feeling lost, left out or perhaps not smart enough.

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