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James, Markus / Calabash Blues
Album:Calabash Blues Collection:World
Artist:James, Markus Added:03/2006
Label:Firenze Records 

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Add Date:2006-04-02 Pull Date:2006-06-04 Charts:Reggae/World
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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