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His latest, A Love Surreal, puts a firm stamp on the finality of Bilal’s defiant move forward. The question remains, will fans come along for this artist’s artist latest ride?
It’s understandable why some fans struggle with change, particularly in Bilal’s case. Like the best jazz musicians, his greatness as a vocalist and musical innovator lies in the technical world of music more than its pop conventions. That's not surprising, given the Philly native’s jazz training at the famed New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where he later taught. It takes an ear, either trained formally or through appreciation, to hear the genius in Bilal’s technique and broad scope.
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