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Daniel Bernard Roumain: Woodbox, Beats & Balladry

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Daniel Bernard Roumain’s six-string violin is the hub for his inventive explorations. His second release on Thirsty Ear, Woodbox, Beats & Balladry, gives him the opportunity to show off, and show off he does.

Noteworthy in this recording is that the wizardry that penetrates the synth programming, electronics and turntablisms never detracts from the single line beauty of the violin, the acoustic piano or the trumpet. In fact, the smack on the drums and cymbals that introduces “Spaceships Over Haiti” on the first track opens the door for the violinist to soar on his instrument and sing above the ornamentation and accompaniment to follow. Roumain composed the twelve entries on the recording.

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