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Monday, 8 July 2013

Tom Russell : Aztec Jazz review

The godfather of Americana has never been shy of re-invention.

He’s played Tex-Mex, walked dusty roads, taught criminology in Africa and now revisits signature songs live with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble.

It’s a gorgeous set opening with Love Abides, a prayer for those who need reassurance, and taking in tear-stained Goodnight Juarez, a song of the Mexico lost to the drug cartels.

Highlights include the autobiographical East Of Woodstock West Of Vietnam and Nina Simone, a song simply about loving music.

Thad Beckman provides sublime guitar thoroughout, on what will surely end up one of the albums of the year.

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