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    Wu Man – “Wu Man and Friends ” – [Traditional Crossroads]

    Insert “I am Wu Man, hear me roar” joke here. I’m sorry, but
    ever since I first heard about this talented musician (back
    when she stole Derek Bailey’s stringed thunder) I always
    crack a smile. And while this album definitely has serious
    and serene petals-on-the-stream beauty, it also comes with a
    warm sense of humor. Even without the one-minute mouth-bow
    zinger of an intro, “Old Joe Clark” taps an Appalachian funny
    bone to sex and drugs and rock and roll. Or zen and moonshine
    and bluegrass? Track 4 offers more country music (although
    the country might be US of Banjo, or maybe the Pipa’s Republic
    of China). This album seems loosely joined hither and thither
    by brothers and sisters of the zither, and showcases a fine
    range of sound. “Raining” is an apt title/theme for much of
    the quick picking on this CD, it features Wu Man singing in
    addition to ripples of string. Julian Kytasty also displays
    his excellent voice, check out “Cossack Lament.” A pretty
    picture of what life at the Crossroads can offer. Now to get
    Mono to cover the closer, “Night Rider”

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on November 11, 2005 at 11:25 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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