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Digdig - Rene Lacaille and Bob Brozman
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March 2002

Rene Lacaille & Bob Brozman


Guitar picker and musicologist Bob Brozman should be very familiar to regular readers of these pages. Digdig is the latest of his musical adventures in far-flung places. Following hot on the heels of Guinea (with Jali Musa Jawara) and Okinawa (Takashi Hirayasu), he has taken himself off to Reunion Island (situated 600 miles east of Madagascar on the Indian Ocean), to jam with veteran multi-instrumentalist Rene Lacaille. They improvised, they got on with each other and decided to record together. The result is just plain delightful. Brozman does his thing, twanging away in a manner that can call to mind the Mississippi Delta one minute and Hawaii the next. Lacaille cranks up some accordeon frenzy and plays the Bolivian 10-stringed charango guitar (a gift from Brozman apparently), as well as singing on some tracks (he's got one of those short on range, big on character growls that suits the music perfectly). A pair of percussionists are along for the ride too. There's a relaxed, spontaneous feel to the album and an obvious joy in the collaborative music-making, that mark this one out as something special.

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