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by Ian Patterson
Tackling the folkloric tradition of another country can carry the pitfall of sounding palely imitative, or worse still, a pastiche. But when the source is but a launching pad for personal expression then the results can be vital and unique. In celebrating the music of American gospel-cum-folk singer Bessie Jones (1902-1984), Silvia Bolognesi's Young Shoutsan all Italian quartetresponds to the rhythmic energy in Jones' field songs, children's songs, chants and gospel call-and-response, with jazz of uncommon vibrancy. Recorded live at ...read more