James, Markus / Calabash Blues
Album: Calabash Blues   Collection:World
Artist:James, Markus   Added:Mar 2006
Label:Firenze Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-04-02 Pull Date: 2006-06-04 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jun 4 May 28 Apr 23 Apr 16 Apr 9
Airplays: 2 1 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 06, 2009: Deep Fried and Sanctified
Come Around
4. May 29, 2006: The Hair of the Dog
2. Jul 04, 2006: The Cafe Americain
Come Around
5. May 23, 2006: At the Cafe Bohemian
Come Around
3. May 30, 2006: At the Cafe Bohemian
Other Side Of The World
6. Apr 17, 2006: No Cover, No Minimum
Come Around

Album Review
Reviewed 2006-03-31
World blues/roots music from a locally-based guitarist/singer who seems to have adopted Mali as his spiritual homeland. This release has 7 new tracks and the rest are selections from his previous CDs. Accompanied by calabash (traditional gourd percussion). Tracks range from soaring blues to more rock-based, but it’s all Memphis by way of Timbuktu. Cool stuff for fans of both world and blues.

*1. Cool guitar/calabash, mid/down like an African Howlin Wolf.
*2. Whispery vocals, spare guitar, spooky downtempo.
*3. Fairly straight blues moan guitar/harp/perc. Downtempo.
4. Driving guitar w/a blues/Afro rock sound. Mid/uptempo.
5. Cool, lowdown, midtempo blend of perc/voices/guitar.
6. Short & relaxed blend of whispery vocals/guitar/soft perc.
*7. Lowdown guitar/soft vocals, lowkey tribute to Skip James.
8. Nicely cool Afro funk blues, mid/uptempo. Chorus.
*9. Nicely scratchy vox/mditempo blues w/great guitar.
10. Lowkey vocal duet w/cool percussion accents.
11. Raw vox/guitar, harp. Lowkey and lowdown.
12. Is that a flute? Downtempo guitar/vox/perc blend.
13. Driving midtempo blues w/extra guitar goodness.

Track Listing
1. Come Around   7. Dream After Dream (For Skip James)
2. Need A Believer   8. Wabissimila
3. Other Side Of The World   9. Nightbird
4. Jump Up And Fly / Mone   10. Far As I Can Run / Majirica Samba
5. Wakin' Up At Midnight / Ebina   11. In The Shadows
6. One Drop   12. Sun Is Rising
  13. Way To Go