New Reviews: January 3, 2003

Reviews by Matthew J. Forss

Get It Together
Dub Station & Sonbeam
Dub Station Music

The Boston-based group, Dub Station, teams with Jamaica’s Sonbeam for their latest addictive release of reggae music. Get It Together features melodic, reggae tunes that contain stories about marijuana, racial profiling, love, struggle and persistence. Overall, North American r&b styles combined with Rastafarian melodies, chants and raps appropriately describe the music of Dub Station and Sonbeam.

Juan Carlos Martin
Independent Release

Evocaciones is an enchanting album of contemporary music from the Canary Islands. Styles of instrumental jazz, classical, pop and folk music accompanied by male and female vocals round out this wonderful album. Anyone looking for music from the Canary Islands should find Evocaciones a delight.

Roger Scannura & Ritmo Flamenco
Independent Release

Born in Malta and raised in Canada, Roger Scannura has found himself creating Nuevo Flamenco music. His music is similar to Afro-Cuban rumba with gypsy rhythms. His strong vocals and masterful guitar playing represent the traditional roots of flamenco music. Additionally, the fiddle, mandolin, keyboard and percussion follow Roger’s guitar work. Fans appreciative of all types of flamenco and guitar music will savor Roger Scannura’s latest musical concoction.

Made In Breizh,br> Dan Ar Braz

Hailing from French Brittany, electric guitarist Dan Ar Braz performs contemporary and traditional music of the Celts in French Brittany. Over 70 musicians were used in the creation of Made In Breizh. Instruments used include bass, guitar, drums, fiddle, keyboard, flute, Uilleann Pipes, horns, organ, piano, violin, viola, saxophone and various percussion. The entire album has excellent instrumentation and melodies of old and new tunes. Fans of bagpipes and Celtic music should obtain Made In Breizh.

Matthew J. Forss is currently a full-time student at Lakeland College-Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He is majoring in Biology and German Language/Culture. Since 1998, he has collected numerous musical instruments and CDs from around the world. Also in 1998, he wrote a paper on Mongolian Ethnomusicology, titled: How Does Music Play An Important Role In The Life And Culture Of Mongolia? Currently, he has collected over 100 CDs that represent dozens of different countries. His general interests include ethnomusicology journalism and researching the traditional/contemporary ethnic music of various cultures from around the world. His specific, geographic areas of study include the traditional and popular music from Central Eurasia (especially Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.) In November of 2000, he accepted the position of writing world music CD reviews for this site.