Darol Anger & Barbara Higbie —
Tideline ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1982. New Copy ...
Piano and violin come together beautifully here – the former by Barbara Higbie, the latter by Darrol Anger – who also plays mandolin and cello as well! There's an acoustic balance here that's more jazz than some of the other Windham Hill albums of the time – especially in the music's sense of rhythm and phrasing – and the rich acoustic tones of both players get wonderfully past some of the new age cliches that are too-often wrongly associated with the label – and remind us that at their best, records like these offer up a key flowering of the acoustic underground of the 70s. Mike Marshall plays guest mandolin on one title – and tracks include "Movie", "Tideline", "Above The Fog", "True Story", "Onyame", and "Gemini". Really great 2015 remaster – excellent sound and package – way better than the Windham Hill releases in the 80s! (Jazz, Folk/Country)CD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
A great later performance from Clarence Ashley – a North Carolina singer/banjoist who was first exposed to a wider audience through the Harry Smith Anthology – then revived even more by the booming folk generation of the early 60s! This set was recorded as part of that wave – a rare New York appearance by Ashley – recorded in very friendly settings at a folk club in the Village – with a style that not only really allows Clarence to shine on banjo, guitar, and vocals – but also show off some of his talents as a raconteur! Larry Tex Isley plays second guitar and autoharp – and titles include "I Had But Fifty Cents", "Bully Of The Town", "Omie Wise", "Dark Holler Blues", "May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight Mister", "The Little Hillside", "I'm The Man That Rode The Mule Around The World", and "Rude & Rambling Man". Comes with a nice booklet of notes! LP, Vinyl record album
An album that points the way towards some of Robbie Basho's more song-structured work of the 70s – but a set that's also still got the wonderfully loose, flowing vibe of his early material for Takoma Records! Basho definitely sings here – as promised by the title – but often in a way that's so completely unusual, it's hardly in the realm of familiar folk – kind of a weird inflection of blues roots, cajun elements, and eastern spirit – but also with some of the far reaches that Tim Buckley used on the Lorca album. Basho plays guitar throughout – reigning in things a bit at times, but soaring on his well-known solo spirit at others – and titles include "Basho's Blues", "Aons Au Ball", "Katari Takawaitha", "Basket Full Of Dragons", "Salangadou", "Tibetan Bach", and "Dance Calinda". LP, Vinyl record album
Mindblowing early work from Robbie Basho – maybe one of the best Takoma albums of the 60s – and that's saying a lot, given that the label also issued important music from John Fahey! Yet on this set, Basho's as revelatory as Fahey at his best – but in a completely different way – more informed by Eastern thought than American roots, yet able to spin out his ideas on these completely hypnotic acoustic guitar passages that are still as mesmerizing all these many years later as they were when recorded in Berkley studios in 1966. Titles include "Oriental Love Song", "The Dharma Prince", "The Grail& The Lotus", "Golden Shamrock", and "Street Dakini". LP, Vinyl record album
A important record from Joan Baez – one that has the singer expanding her sound, but in all the right possible ways – bringing in some Nashville elements to her folksy roots! The record features some larger backings arranged by producer Norbert Putnam – with bits of strings, The Memphis Horns, and some backup vocals – but most of a focus around the core combo of the album, which includes Charlie McCoy on harmonica, and Pete Wade and Norman Blake on guitars. Titles include "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Three Horses", "Last Lonely & Wretched", "Lincoln Freed Me Today", "Gabriel & Me", and "Fifteen Months". LP, Vinyl record album