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Edward Maguire: Jasmine

Multi-instrumentalist Edward Maguire looks for the smacking point between traditional European folk elements and modern programmed sounds on Jasmine (Truspace records TSJD 9703; 56:36). The talented composer’s studies in contrast can be overdrawn, but are always interesting. “Glamour Puss” has an electronic “stuck in a groove” feel conveying detached disinterest, and the modern programmed thump of “Jasmine” lends indifference to the Irish-styled refrain. Many of Maguire’s tunes do hit just the right pitch, though-“Random Acts of Kindness” has a stately, old-world dance feel, combining acoustic colors like mandolin play with Maguire’s keyboards, and “The Celyph” pits a traditional, twisting folk melody (conveyed through violin play) against modern noises and effects. Likewise “Evil Enterprise” opens with a dark, offbeat bass clarinet solo which is ominous, disarming and strangely fun.

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