That she more than deserves it proves this fantastic debut CD, to my opinion one of the best solo-violin albums I have heard in years. She has a very intense and personal style and she is one of these few musicians that manage to play with their heart instead of with their hands only. Beautiful how she creates a dancing melody together with a deep and hypnotising drone. An absolute dream debut and a must for all serious lovers of the genre.
See this issue of folkworld for an interview with Karin Wallin. The style of the band is exactly what the title says. Lively Cajun and Creole dance music. Most members have a long history in this style of music and know how to create the right sound. This debut album is an album by experienced musicians who know exactly how to capture the soul of the Cajun and Creole music. Nice, raw sounding violin, furious accordion and rhythms that make your feet move. Well produced album, it has this old fashioned sound that perfectly fits the music.
A strong debut album. Thirteen stories shows a experienced singer-songwriter who writes personal and political songs. Especially the opening track This is my country is a good piece of singer-song writing with David Crosby and Graham Nash on additional vocals. On I ought to know the right energy is back, a nice catchy folk-pop song. Same for Dancing to the drums , on which I particular like the sound of his guitar.
One of my favourite songs on this album. Thirteen stories is a nice album with moody songs that are easy to listen to. Rafael is an uncomplicated singer songwriter who stays close to the basic elements of a song. He studied guitar, flute, jazz and ethnomusicology, was a member of several folk, rock and bluegrass groups and until today he teaches guitar in Germany. He recorded with the known German band Embryo and in his album in duo with Chris Hirson was released.
Since than four more albums of this duo were published and just over ten years ago he released the Misery love company on which he chooses a more international roots approach. During the last ten years, seven other works were released and now he brings Song of nature together with Charlie Mariano on saxophone, Fjoralba Turku on vocals, Bernd Hess on electric and acoustic guitars and Tobias Ott on tabla.
A surprisingly strong album with disciplined Mariano on Sax and some dreamy vocals by Turku.
The compositions are uncomplicated and lean mostly on the jazz idiom. An interesting crossover album. She has experiences in opera, baroque and theatre music and that can be heard. She has a powerful, well trained voice. Her singing has a strong taste of opera and the arrangements often are theatrical or remind me of a musical. The songs are not always recognizable as Jewish, but without doubt of technical high quality. Personally this is not my favourite way of interpretating this ancient and often emotional style. But I can imagine many others will love her more classical approach and less obvious Jewish way of performing.
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Their music is a fine mixture of Americana and bluegrass. The opening track Overland road shows a talented trio with a really nice style and strong musical arrangements. The second track Full measure is even better and surprises me with good vocals and again strong song writing. But, there is a small thing in these two songs that annoys me terribly. A pity because it breaks the balance of these two songs. Revenge in the third song long train one of the best songs on this album. Absolutely fabulous psych-electronic sounds with bluesy vocals, very inventive and effective.
The same for the end song Stickin with you where she shows a very sensitive way of playing. Full measures is an overall very strong album with a good unique sound and music from the heart. Except for my small remark about the first two songs, I can only say positive things about the album. Recommended and it wont surprise me when Silveroot will become a major name in near future. In they released their debut album on the German Essay label and know their second album has just been born.
The title Puerto Rican nights might suggest that the band plays warm Latin style music, but actually they are not. Besides that, some great surf guitar parts which makes the band by occasion sound like a underground garage band from the sixties. The overall result is pure crossover-sunshine music with a good underground feeling. They seem to get the optimal result out of their three instruments and create their completely own style and sound. Intriguing album! Sometimes fast and furious dance music, but also more slow folky ballads. Most of all they sound like a great live act, the CD is nice but a bit to unpolished and it shows the bands restrictions.
A bit more subtlety and variation would have done me some good. All three musicians have a long history in music. Cookie Segelstein plays the violin and viola and is the founder of the band. Stuart Brotman plays the Cello, Baraban and Tilinca. He has an over 35 year long history in music including cooperations with Ry Cooder, Geoff and Maria Muldaur and Canned heat.
The third member is Joshua Horowitz on accordion and Tsimbl. Same as the other two he has studied the many facets of the Klezmer music and played with the known Ruth Yaakov.
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On trafik the band has recorded thirty tunes divided in nine suites. Many own composition but also new arrangements on old traditional tunes. I hear the quality of the musicians and I hear that the music is arranged in a well thought way. But I also get the feeling that they play it automatically and especially the violin play makes me a bit nervous, to much the same sharp sound and at moments slightly disordered.
Hopefully a lot of you will love their over thought music and check their website to be sure of that. Besides member of this group he is the cantor of the Belgrade synagogue and also founder of the Jewish centre for culture and art. This is the groups fourth CD on which they present fifteen Sephardic songs from the Balkans.
The music origins from the time Jews lived in harmony with Muslims and Christians in Spain. Especially between the eighth and twelfth century, Spain was a country of tolerance under Arab rule. In these songs you can hear the influences of the Arabic culture very clearly, somehow it reflects a time very opposite to our recent years in which we stopped seeing the beautiful, tolerant and peaceful sides of cultures and religions. After the 12 th century Jewish immigrants spread the music al over the world and on this CD you find the Balkan variations. I have to admit that I would never have guessed this CD contains music with a Jewish background, seen the fact it has so many elements that I normally would place in the Arabic culture.
So besides being a beautiful listening experience, this CD also taught me a lot of historical background information. The result is an album of pure quality. She was member of the Booming Airplanes in the nineties and has toured with the alt-country formation The Guthries. Folk art is a surprisingly good album with a fine mixture of folk, country and jazz.
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Minnikin has a beautiful clear voice and her songs are open minded and really easy going. She has a creative way of composing and by adding the French horn to the more common banjo and mandolin sounds, she creates a refreshing sound. Folk art is a rich album that easily fits into the new folk wave. Already two years old, but it makes me curious to her actual work and I do hope this will be available soon. Together with thirteen musicians he brings pure an honest blues-rock. The second CD is by Liz Mandeville. Backed by fifteen musicians and a Gospel choir, Mandeville is a bit more expressive in her music.
Note the pleasure she has in making her music and the raw touch she gives to the blues. A nice album, with a good feeling. A bit to uncontrolled at some occasions to my taste. The same feeling I get while listening to Ice storm by Scott Ellison. And for the third time nice and honest blues-rock, but not much different than the other two. All easy going, accessible music. My personal favourite comes from the duo Chris James and Patrick Rynn.
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Their new album Stop and think about it is a beautiful piece of blues music and the most purest one. Strong vocals, strong guitars, good sound quality and perfect blend between traditional blues and contemporary music. Zimba is fasinated by tradition but also by the way modern African musicians interpretate their tradition throughout the years.
Savannah Breeze is not his first album, but the first one that is released internationally. On this album from , Zimba plays easy going Afro-pop. Roots mixes with jazz, rock, rap, electronica and sometimes his music even sounds a bit Caribbean. These rules, as one might call them, of art and writing may not always be clear, but they can be discerned at least by degrees and DeWitt takes a distinctly formal approach to their unpacking. DeWitt makes one painfully conscious of needless argot! A trick may be social or cultural, but in Some Trick, DeWitt is chiefly engaged with rhetorical ramifications.
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