The imaginative bassist Alexis Cuadrado revives spoken word jazz with modernist glee, enriching bebop forms, beat generation poetry and multi-lingual storytelling on the lively, compelling Poètica (Sunnyside). His musicians (keyboardist Andy Milne, guitarist Miles Okazaki and drummer Tyshawn Storey) and deeply invested vocalists turn words into rhythms that clamor, protest and even swing, much like Gil Scott-Heron did, while Cuadrado’s lucid bass ties it together by expertly fusing syncopation with emotive, improvisational flourishes. (13 tracks; 54 minutes)

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