Throw Down Your Heart Tales From Acoustic Planet 3
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- 製品サイズ : 18.01 x 17.2 x 0.99 cm; 79.95 g
- メーカー : Rounder / Umgd
- EAN : 0011661063426
- 商品モデル番号 : 5227761
- 時間 : 1 時間 14 分
- レーベル : Rounder / Umgd
- ASIN : B001PXYHDW
- ディスク枚数 : 1
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Full title: Throw Down Your Heart/Tales From The Acoustic Planet Vol. 3/Africa Sessions. 2009's Throw Down Your Heart chronicles banjo virtuoso and 18 time Grammy award winner Bela Fleck's musical journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo. Bela's boundary-breaking musical adventure takes him to Uganda, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Mali, and provides a glimpse of the beauty and complexity of African music. Using his banjo, Bela transcends barriers of language and culture, finding common ground and forging connections with musicians from very different backgrounds. Throw Down Your Heart is also the title of the award-winning documentary film about Bela's journey to Africa.
A major surprise has to be how well the 5-string banjo suits the sounds and rhythms of African music. Fleck, to his credit, draws no attention to himself but knows innately when and what not to play. Even though I adore his bluegrass playing and have most of his releases this may well be his most melodic performance to date. Hopefully his musical intelligence and the (often) stark beauty of much of this music will reach the widest possible audience.
Almost all the songs have a live feel and some were recorded with an audience. The tracks are very varied with group singing (especially impressive!), solo singers and instrumentals and a nice variety of rhythms. Guitarists can't but be impressed by the playing on" Mariam", an exquisite duet. "D'Gary Jam" is the meatiest musical offering here, quite intense but with the surprise introduction of wordless Brazilian song to lighten the mood. "Djorolen" best represents the stark beauty I mentioned above.
It's hard to guess what avenue Fleck will explore next but this may well be his proudest moment. His liner notes (excellent) seem to point to a further instalment as he recorded hundreds of hours music during his soujourn.
Some listeners new to African singing and sounds may find this hard to get into but it is worth the effort. It could also provide the perfect complement to Paul Simon's "Graceland" album which highlighted South Africa's urban township pop culture - this is rural Africa's folk and country music. A lovely record !
I'm sure that people with prior experience and appreciation of genuine African folk music will disagree and find much to enjoy here, but if you aren't au fait with that genre already, caution is advised; have a listen on You Tube etc before buying this one.