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Dan Treanor & African Wind: Mercy

Read "Mercy" reviewed by Jim Santella


The blues comes with a side order of West African griot music when Dan Treanor and Rex Peoples sit down to celebrate on Mercy. When African Wind introduced Treanor's brand of “Afrosippi Blues in late 2004, it was with deep respect for Mississippi blues, along with a stark interest in traditional African roots music. The recommended Mercy extends that ambitious thread with sizzling excitement and carries on the blues tradition convincingly.

Treanor, who hails from Colorado, makes his ...

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Dan Treanor & Frankie Lee: African Wind

Read "African Wind" reviewed by Jim Santella


Traditional blues travels around the world on this session of emotional music. Except for “Lonesome Road," Dan Treanor wrote all the songs; Frankie Lee sings 'em with passion. While the timbres featured by the band's array of percussion instruments have a worldwide association, it's all about the blues at heart.

A Bo Diddley beat carries “Mean Woman Blues" along urban streets, up and down the countryside, and back. Lee sings about the feelings we own up to when ...


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