Guitarist Kevin Breit and percussionist Cyro Baptista form an expressive duo that finds room in their performance for country & western, funk, folk music, and a lot more. Parts of the album are New Age, and all of it is forward-looking contemporary. A few quick looks at Duke Ellington fold in the familiar, but most of their program is highly original.
Using impressionism as a basis, the two talented artists dish out generous portions of overdubbed music. For the most part, Breit offers the melody on guitars and mandolins. Overlaid electric guitars provide a strong harmonic layer. Baptista colors with various impressions. Thundering drums introduce "Home on the Range." A talking drum and overlaid backbeat drum set offer some clues to the persona of "Johnny Cactus." Shakers and a conga-like drum make "A Sigh and a Shiver" seem happy and light in places, although Breit’s minor mode mandolin and guitorgan sections suggest melodrama and romance. Somewhat resembling the sound of an accordion, the guitorgan fills in quite well. A terrific "old school" blues on "Caravan" moves in one direction, while the theme from television’s long-running sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show leans in another.
Cassandra Wilson sings the traditional "Home on the Range" with the very same natural appeal found on all her projects. Pure and simple, Wilson’s vocal refrains are intended to remind the listener that music is a universal language. Whether working as flexible sidemen or as a duo on their own album, Baptista and Breit offer a little something for everyone.
| Year Released: 2000
| Record Label: Blue Note
I was first exposed to jazz thanks to my Mother (stage name Tobey Castle) who was a professional singer with the Tommy Dorsey band back in the day. Mom sang to me all the time as a little girl, but it never occurred to me to pursue it professionally until I met my husband David
I was first exposed to jazz thanks to my Mother (stage name Tobey Castle) who was a professional singer with the Tommy Dorsey band back in the day. Mom sang to me all the time as a little girl, but it never occurred to me to pursue it professionally until I met my husband David. He encouraged me to become a songwriter and together as co-writers we have written material for two albums and an EP.
As The Brehms, we try to bring a beautiful ambience to any event, and we feel just as comfortable in situations where we are
background ambience, or pushing the energy in a large scale concert, and everything in between.