One of the masters of intercultural musical collaboration is back.
Following his two quirky and highly entertaining releases with
Okinawan musician Takashi Hirayasu, Bob Brozman now takes listeners
on an aural trip to the island of Réunion, home of renowned
musician René Lacaille.
Brozmans slide and blues guitar work blends well with Lacailles
guitar and accordion virtuosity, ranging through music that evokes
France and the Caribbean with some underlying African percussion
and bits of Hawaii sprinkled in for good measure. The bouncy Pondaurat
sounds downright Brazilian in its tribute to a village in France
(which, when I did a Web search, was described with the phrase
Afflicted, this commune does not have an office of tourism!).
The liner notes explain the sega and maloya styles
that define Réunions music and describe the meeting
of the two musicians, enhancing the value of this unique CD.