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Robinson, James / New Beginnings
Album:New Beginnings Collection:World
Artist:Robinson, James Added:06/2019

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Add Date:2019-06-12 Pull Date:2019-08-14 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2019-06-06 
James Robinson grew up in Campbell, CA but he has a world class sound. I discovered his CD in the slush pile with no promo attached to it and listened with increasing admiration to his multi-instrumental musical virtuosity and the way he subverts classical forms like flamenco with his own inventions and allusions; very tuneful

NO FCC-s (all instrumental) Favorite tracks: 2, 5, 6, 12, 13

1—Cascal/Celili/River of Wind –4:02 – classic sounding flamenco segues into improv with bass underneath and then lightens up

*2—Azul Sky –2:21 – flamenco with a Celtic vibe and pretty mandolin

3— The Man from New Jersey –1:50 – fast and light; intricate

4 ––Cha Cha Cha --5:19 – bouncy dance tune with wonky sounding bass slows down partway through and turns into jazz with psychedelic overtones

*5 – Soquel Creek Revisited–2:19-- has a folksong feel with mando playing the banjo part and guitar strumming underneath

*6 – New Beginnings –4:43 – more flamenco sound with rock underpinnings and a slight Hawaiian flair before it turns a little dark and ruminative

7 – Hummingbird –3:01-- nice motif that hints at beating wings

8 – Yuecel –5:13 – Eastern European-like dance tune that segues into something a little dreamier and then something a little punchier

9-- Cobalt Jazz –2:38—cool and mellow electrical

10 – Bronze –5:23-- lush Latin jazz

11-- One Take for Larry –3:11-- more electro in the lead

*12—Scarlet Tango –3:53 – sultry jazz take on the tango

*13—Los Gatos Hills—3:51-- sense of place reminiscent of Hawaiian slack key

14—Sophia –3:48 – starts contemplative; heats up a little

Track Listing
1.Cascal/celili/river Of Wind 8.Yuecel
2.Azul Sky 9.Cobalt Jazz
3.The Man From New Jersey 10.Bronze
4.Cha Cha Cha 11.One Take For Larry
5.Soquel Creek Revisited 12.Scarlet Tango
6.New Beginnings 13.Los Gatos Hills
7.Hummingbird 14.Sophia