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Electric Moroccoland/So Below

Club d'Elf

Face Pelt Records

Rock Paper Scissors

511 West 4th Street, Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404


Rotating-member musical group Club d'Elf has created a new two-CD set: Electric Moroccoland/So Below. The first disc of the medley draws upon Morocco's deep musical heritage, and performer Rivard's expertise in the three-stringed, camel-skinned, base-reminiscent musical instrument called a sintir. The second disc blends elements of funk, dub, and free jazz in an exciting new approach to the trance genre. Electric Moroccoland/So Below is an extraordinary, crowning musical achievement and enthusiastically recommended for both private and public library music CD collections. The tracks are "Overture" (2:15), "Sand (for mark)" (5:45), "Ghir Khoudouni" (7:08), "Madrecita" (6:44), "Sunshine Of Your Love" (5:46), "Scorpionic" (8:44), "Mogador" (5:15), "Bendir Done That" (3:26), "Berber Song" (5:40), "Sidi Rabi" (7:39), "Ambib" (5:09), "Instar" (5:38), and "Rope on Fire" (5:49) for Electric Moroccoland; "Gettin' Squinty" (5:20), "Middle Pillar" (7:59), "So Below" (11:08), "Salvia" (6:53), "I Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down" (7:03), "Trace Meeting pt. 1" (6:22), "Trace Meeting pt. 2" (2:38), "As Above" (5:35), "End of Firpo" (7:38), "Pharaoh" (7:41), "Propeller" (4:45), and "Taint Too" (4:26).

Mysterious Duality: Just Me

Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh


c/o Flipswitch (publicity)

PO Box 2207, Bloomington, IN 47404-2207


Mysterious Duality: Just Me is a music CD featuring Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh's masterful performances of India's national instrument, the stringed veena. Mysterious Duality is not a solo album; Kumaresh worked with a recording studio engineer to combine and align the strains she played on the two dozen veenas she owned, in search of just the right blend of sound. The result is a well-crafted masterpiece worthy of the highest recommendation for public library and private international music CD collections. The tracks are "Mysterious Duality" (8:20), "Strings With No Ends" (12:08), "Wandering In Dimensions" (12:20), and "Waiting At Dusk" (9:54).

The Folk EP

Sara Banleigh

Privately Published

c/o FlipSwitch (publicity)

PO Box 2207, Bloomington, IN 47404-2207


The debut album of piano-based folk singer Sara Banleigh, The Folk EP offers Sara's unique interpretations of five traditional English, Scottish, and Irish folk songs, each of which is several hundred years old. Love, murder, and death figure prominently in these ballads, which include a song about a young women who gives her maidenhood to her first love, only to be driven to suicide when he cheats on her; and songs where the title character is sentenced to death by hanging for committing a capital crime. A profoundly moving piece of musical history as well as a captivating performance, The Folk EP is highly recommended. The tracks are "Railroad Boy", "Mary Hamilton", "Geordie", "All My Trials", and "Fhear A Bhata".

The Shape of Things

Josh Johnston

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Brian Masterson

Shandon Records

c/o The Creative Service Company (publicity)

4360 Emerald Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918


The Shape of Things is an album of grand piano music, played solo by Irish musician Josh Johnston. Though an undercurrent of the album evokes Irish tradition, the music also has improvisational elements akin to jazz, as well as influence from folk and pop. An absorbing and emotional delve into the original soundscapes of a brilliantly creative mind, The Shape of Things is enthusiastically recommended to piano music lovers everywhere. The tracks are "Peace (Nightsong 1)" (3:53), "FVX" (3:24), "Atlantic" (3:53), "Nightsong 2" (4:12), "Missed Her On The Road" (4:44), "Guest" (2:57), "Nightsong 3" (2:59), "Asylum Harbour" (4:13), "The Late Train" (3:38), "Nightsong 4" (2:49), "A Light In The Dark Of Night" (3:38), "Cimiez" (4:49), and "Saving a Life" (4:29).

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

Anne Enslow and Ridley Enslow

Enslow Publishers, Inc.

PO Box 398, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922-0398

9780766038677 $23.93 list / $17.95 school & library 1-800-398-2504

When Johnny Comes Marching Home: Music of the Civil War brings to life a variety of classic songs that were popular during the American Civil War, with violin, guitar, banjo, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, pennywhistle, flute, harp, cello, and vocal performances. The inset booklet features not only the song lyrics, but summaries of the history, origin, composition and purpose of the ballads. A soul-stirring treasury of music from a bygone era, When Johnny Comes Marching Home is especially recommended for public library music CD collections. The tracks are "The Battle Cry of Freedom", "The Vacant Chair", "Get Off the Track!", "The Bonnie Blue Flag", "Weeping, Sad and Lonely", "Confederates' Polka March", "The Southern Soldier Boy", "All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight", "The Year of Jubilo", "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground", "For the Dear Old Flag I Die", "Hard Times Come Again No More / Hard Tack", "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", "Marching Through Georgia / Lament for Georgia", "All Hail to Ulysses!", and "Battle Hymn of the Republic". 55 min. 26 sec.


Uwe Gronau

c/o The Creative Service Company (publicity)

4360 Emerald Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918


German musician and composer Uwe Gronau presents Midsummer, an instrumental 2-CD album inspired by the philosophical work "Tractatus" published in 1921. Midsummer seeks to explore human understanding of the world, and of natural forces, through the expression of music. Most of the songs are New Age, varying in tone from uplifting to ambient to prog-rock. The first CD features more rhythmic music, while the second CD is softer and more gently paced. The instruments used in Midsummer range from piano to synth, drums, organ and more; there are even a few tracks featuring exotic contributions from instruments such as the Celtic flute or the sitar. The result is a wonderfully immersive and thought-provoking experience, highly recommended for anyone who loves to lose themselves in instrumental music. The first CD's tracks are "Steps in the Snow" (3:17), "Magic Forest" (3:22), "Into Clouds" (3:17), "Secret Meeting 1" (3:15), "Message" (3:49), "Poems Like Islands" (2:48), "Royal Road" (3:15), "Thought" (2:06), "Watching the Sound" (3:20), "Dreamt of You" (4:16), "Evening Sky" (3:07), "Secret Meeting 2" (5:59), "It Happens" (3:24), "Silence" (3:13), "Faraway Countries" (2:55), "Left Hand" (3:16), "Gliding Flight" (3:17), "Coming Home" (3:45), and the second CD's tracks are "Storm Lantern" (3:09), "Big Sky Horizon" (2:43), "You Know" (2:47), "Childhood" (3:35), "Midsummer" (3:14), "Little Luck" (2:52), "Passage" (3:03), "Rivers Bound to Sea" (3:09), "The Messanger" (3:22), "Thinking" (2:41), "Dream Bridge" (3:39), "Garden of March" (2:35), "Snowy Wood" (2:56), "Heaven of Falling Stars" (3:41), "By the Fireside" (2:45), "Roxy" (3:02), and "Brave Heart" (2:57).

First Melancholy, Then the Night Stretch

Rick Cutler

New Dude Records

The Creative Service Company (publicity)

4360 Emerald Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918


First Melancholy, Then the Night Stretch is the second original album by solo acoustic pianist Rick Cutler, featuring elements of neo-classical, new age, and even improvisational jazz. Superbly performed and emotionally moving, First Melancholy, Then the Night Stretch explores echoes of memory, reflections on the grandeur of nature, and contemplation of dreams just out of the conscious mind's reach. An extraordinary and beautiful work, highly recommended. The tracks are "Isle of Words Forgotten" (2:43), "Gentle Nightmares" (3:00), "Charlotte's Roads Before Her" (4:26), "Alien Landscape 1" (1:56), "Debussy" (5:06), "From Then Till Now" (4:40), "Measuring Eternity" (2:38), "Noise (for Tony Williams)" (2:38), "Alien Landscape 2" (1:46), "Song for Noel" (3:50), "Indian Sunset" (3:45), "A Dance" (4:35), "Hymn" (3:13), "Thank You (for McCoy Tyner)" (3:53), "Alien Landscape 3" (2:43), "Who Needs Words" (3:25), "A Song You've Heard Before" (4:02), and "Going Home" (4:15).

Canyon Records Productions

3131 West Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85017 1-800-268-1141

Canyon Records Productions continues to enrich music CD libraries with their outstanding offerings of traditional Native American music, and of original albums composed and brought to life by Native American performers. In "The Gift of Life: Round Dances and Songs of the Native Road" ($15.99, 63:56 min.), Grammy-nominated singer Randy Wood transforms his understanding of Cree culture and the tradition of the Round Dance into a musical contemplation of the past, present, and future. Dine singer Antonio Woody's "Old Style" ($15.69, 48:23 min.) preserves and performs peyote songs meant to transfer strength, renewal, and inspiration to new generations. Opie Day-Bedeau's "One Love Round Dance Songs" ($15.74, 58:48 min.) gathers inspiration from the Ojibwe culture, featuring compelling, dulcet-toned vocals that reverberate with the compelling rhythm of round dance culture. Cheevers Toppah delivers harmonized church hymns of the Kiowa in "Renewed Spirit" ($15.69, 55:26 min.), an album that combines the song structure and melodies of European-American Christian hymns with pre-Christian Kiowa songs into an extraordinary whole that extols faith in God and the redemptive sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ. "Breathe Deep the Dusk Fall" ($18.34, 74:58 min.) is Dine songmaker Louie Gonnie's anthology of songs from the fireplace of the Native American Church; the hauntingly beautiful music represents the eternal cycle of time, reflecting upon how the daily transformation from dusk to dawn symbolizes the travels of the soul through its phases of existence. Native American Music Award winner Gabriel Ayala and five-time Grammy nominee Will Clipman combine elements of of classical guitar, flamenco, jazz, tango, and Native American music in "Passion, Fire & Grace" ($15.46, 45:41 min.), an album that surges with vigor and multicultural vibrancy. The Southern Scratch group, headed by Ron Joaquin (son of renowned waila musician Angelo Joaquin Sr.), offers an exceptional tribute to the 50-year musical legacy of the Joaquin family in "How Sweet the Sound" ($15.99, 48:06 min.); waila (dance music of the Tohono O'odham of the Sonoran desert) figures prominently in this pulse-moving album featuring saxophone, bass, bajo sexto, percussion drums, and some vocals. All are superb contributions to international or Native American music shelves, and public library music CD collections.
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