CD Review: Jin Jin (Bob Brozman and Takashi Jirayasu): THE PHAT PLANET
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CD Review: JIN JIN
Jin Jin - Takashi Hirayasu and Bob Brozman
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Takashi Hirayasu & Bob Brozman: Jin Jin

Unclassifiable, this. The only way to explain the sound is to look at the two elements - Takashi's plangent sanshin (3-string lute) sound underpins a sing-song vocal style and rhythm guitar with occasional Hawaiian slide outbursts. It sounds better than it sounds (!), believe me, these two have clearly spent many hours together melding their disparate sounds in a way that both complements and innovates from the traditional repertoire of each culture. The album has proved a popular success with fans across the world and has led to further collaborations which are due to culminate in a 2003 world tour featuring Brozman and collaborators Takashi & René Lacaille from the Indian Ocean island of Réunion. The Guardian (UK) said "a virtuosic, rousing, charming and utterly unexpected mixture of eastern ballads with echoes of anything from slinky frantic acoustic Japanese rock".

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