July 16, 2000
Versatile jazz guitarist plays bass and lead on the same instrument, an 8-string model designed by Ralph Novak. His latest self-titled cd is on Blue Note, and he has a website at www.charliehunter.com.
Intelligent, literate pop from a somewhat controversial singer. The new cd is Pink Pearl on Beyond Records, and her website is www.jillsobule.com.
American-born singer Dierdre Dubois sings in an exotic make-believe language. The group's new cd, Soft Breeze & Tsunami Breaks features dj remixes of Ekova's previous cd, Heaven's Dust. The disc is on Six Degrees Records, part of their "Travel Series" of genre-bending world music/electronica.
Also on the Six Degrees "Travel Series", Frikyiwa Collection 1 features dj treatments of West African music.
Great showcase of Nashville's session guitarists on Nuance Records. If you have trouble finding the cd, be patient, the cd will have wider distribution through WEA in August.
The progressive rock collective led by Robert Fripp is still creating powerful stuff. The ConstruKtion of Light is on Virgin Records.
Better known for his work as producer for superstars Elton John, Jewel, Madonna, etc., Patrick Leonard has recorded a beautiful set of piano improvisations called Rivers. It's Leonard's solo debut on his own Unitone Recordings label, distributed by Rounder.
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