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The Forces of Evil was recorded live in a church in Chicago, with no editing, and as with all Naim releases, the quality is excellent. A couple of years ago we reviewed Ted Sirota's second album, Propaganda, which had a few more free-jazz moments than this recording, but overall the feel is similar. But there has been a progression in the music. The addition of an extra horn gives more depth to some of the arrangements, and the band seem more comfortable with each other, bouncing effortlessly between solos. There's also more diversity in the tunes, mostly written by the band, including a ska/reggae number. The members of the band are all highly competent musicians, and this album has a great feel, jazz at the free end of the spectrum, but with plenty of musical interest. - New Insight