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Perry Bakalos Group / Press

“On Atlas Soul (Jaco Pardo's Funky World Music Band many of us also play in): "They continue to blend North African music, primarily the raï and shaabi styles, with jazz, reggae, and more. Chicago-raised Regie Gibson, a recent addition, brings a hip-hop element, rapping in poetry-slam style over crisp funk grooves. It’s an eclectic crew, mixing immigrants and locals — trombonist Jon Simmons and guitarist Pericles (Perry) Bakalos are Boston guys — with songs in Arabic, French, and English, though snippets of Hebrew and Italian also creep in.”