CD Review: DIGDIG
Islands are often cultural crossroads, a fact driven home by this dreamy collection of world folk.
Bob Brozman - King of the National Guitar
Bob Brozman learned to love music as a child in Greenwich Village. Trained in blues, jazz and ragtime, he eventually fell in love with Hawaii's slack-key guitar tradition - an island-grown blend influenced by European and Latin American traditions.
Digdig is Brozman's latest collaboration, this time with singer and accordionist René Lacaille from the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion, where African, Middle Eastern and French cultures have all left their mark.
The result is winningly unique and diverse. The opening instrumental, Zok, lopes easily through its steam-engine beat, while the following 5 O.P. (Syncopé) recalls both the cabaret jazz of Paris Combo and the minimalist world folk of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
Obscure comparisons, perhaps, but Digdig is precisely the sort of hypnotic, exotic blend that will appeal to the small cadre of eclectic world-music connoisseurs.
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