Paul Bourdeau and Shane Simpson: Wild Rice (2004)
Paul Bourdeau wrote nine of the twelve selections on the recording. His playing is contradictory, being both impressionistic and muscular, as are his songs. Shane Simpson, on the other hand, is more finesse-oriented. The most beautiful piece on the disc, "Malcolm’s Manifesto," is his composition, revealing a hopeful sadness that is both poignant and expressive.
Wild Rice, while misrepresented, is a very fine recording. It will appeal to those proponents of David Grisman, Bele Fleck, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, and Nickel Creek. This is a super springtime soundtrack.
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Track Listing: Cape North; Malcolm
Personnel: Paul Bourdeau and Shane Simpson
Style: Beyond Jazz