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Chu Bubaloo

by John Lee

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xpatofthemind I love the diversity of styles on this album. In addition to showing his mastery of guitar-based genres like surf and punk, Lee's not afraid to color outside the lines, mixing in jazz, modern classical, and lots of indefinable in-betweens, all musically super interesting and engaging. Reminds me a little of Jessica Lurie at times.

Lee is not only a virtuoso player but a composer of shining originality. If you like guitar taken a little farther, this might be for you. Favorite track: The Earth Demon.
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Intro Song 06:12
The Glib 06:57
Baby Lulu 07:54


Chu Bubaloo is the third album from guitarist and composer John Lee. Recorded in September 2013, this album captures a dark transitional period in Lee’s life. In the thick of depression and a recent separation, Chu Bubabloo is an intriguing memoir about failure, success, and possibility of purpose. Elements of afrobeat, folk, indie, jazz, and surf rock tie together Chu Bubabloo into an epic searing guitar story.


released February 15, 2018

John Lee - guitars
Matt Rippetoe - saxophones
TJ Turqman - bass
Graham Doby - drums, vibraphone, piano
All songs by John Lee except 'Baby Lulu' by Lætitia Sadier and Tim John Gane


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John Lee Washington D.C., D.C.

John Lee plays the guitar with biting power, flowing groove, and a fluency that reflects his wide range of influences. The Washington, D.C.-based guitarist, composer and bandleader draws inspiration from jazz, blues, Indian classical, alternative rock and Malian music, but his work extends beyond all boundaries. ... more

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