James Cohen: High Side Of Lowdown (2003)
Ottawa guitarist James Cohen and his acoustic band deliver sensual music that captures the blues spirit from different angles. “The Lemming” and “High Side of Lowdown” carry a genuine flamenco flavor. “Tiny Monkeys” and “Blue Gypsy” come with shades of Django with Stephane Grappelli. Throughout the session, Cohen’s band improvises with spontaneity and passion. That passion, after all, is what makes sets the blues apart from other forms of music. When an artist is convincing, he can tell the stories with meaning. Whether the band is made up of Peruvian Pan pipes, Tibetan dulcimers, Indian tablas, or Australian didgeridoos, each organization has the power to convey meaning in a natural and convincing manner.
The acoustic timbres of Cohen’s band create a pure and natural aura that's sure to convince even the most skeptical blues purist.
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Track Listing: Pun Tango; Santa Anna; Blue Gypsy; Mock Pollock; Elsie; The Lemming; La Tormenta; High Side of Lowdown; Tiny Monkeys; Fortune
Personnel: James Cohen- nylon string guitar; Tony D.- steel string guitar; Devin Johnstone- percussion; Stu Watkins- bass; Richard Bell- keyboards, piano, vibraphone, accordion; Caroline Tardis
Record Label: NorthernBlues Music