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The Matthew Herbert Big Band, ‘There’s Me and There’s You’ (!K7)

You don’t often hear “habeas corpus” in a pop song, but There’s Me and There’s You is no ordinary album. To express his outrage at the Bush administration and the state of the world in general, house-music producer Matthew Herbert mobilizes an actual big band — the kind that flourished before World War II — and enlists jazz diva Eska Mtungwazi to lead the charge. Unfortunately, her vocal pyrotechnics and the tidal waves of swingin’ brass emphasize technique at the expense of his urgent message, too often defeating the purpose.