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Steve Tibbetts: Natural Causes

As music to get lost in, this Steve Tibbetts album is state of the art. Featuring only Tibbetts on guitar, piano, kalimba and bouzouki and Marc Anderson on percussion-including a range of gongs-this is a decidedly Eastern disc, as though it were sourced from a temple ceremony in Indonesia.

There are individual tracks here, but only in the loosest sense; you might think of the album as being almost fluvial in structure-that is, a continuous whole, more or less, with barely individualized cuts as feeder tributaries. In that category we have a track like “Attahasa,” so delicate an acoustic guitar study that the music feels physically breakable, as if too frantic a fretboard attack might smash the piece into silence.

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