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A review for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
By Kerry Dexter
"All Over the Map" is a cultural town square... fifteen artists of different influences and ethnicities each present a song, and while the styles are diverse, they make for an interesting and lively mix. All tracks are selected from previously recorded Rounder material, so you are unlikely to find an undiscovered gem from one of your favorite musicians, but you may well find new music to enjoy. There are a number of instrumentals including Brave Combo's "Polish Waltz", Breslau and Astor Piazzola's "Milonga for Three". Zydeco is represented by Beau Jocque's "Nonc Adam", while Cedilia Marley Booker interweaves her anthem of respect for women , "Listen Up Ladies," with recordings of her son (and reggae master) Bob Marley's words.
The diverse voices of Africa are presented by Taru Ley Rocherau's "Narobi" (African influenced by Cuban influenced by African...) and work from Najat Aatabu (Taqa Fia Allah) and Fadela & Sahrawi (Walli). Knut Buen plays the Finnish hardanger fiddle on Fykerud's "Farewell to America", while the Minneapolis based group Boiled in Lead does the Hungarian tribute to springtime, "Urgos". Cuban Septeto Hanbanero perform "Tincuntan", and Los Pleneros de la 21, a new York based Puerto Rican roots group, presents "San Tomas". Bahamian rhyming song is the style for Stanley Thompson's "Kneelin'Down Inside the Gate". Harpist Allison Kinnaird plays the clarseach on the strathspey "Grantown-on-Spey". Sisi Chen adds the delicate music of the yanquin, the Chinese version of the hammered dulcimer, in "Tianshin Mountain on a Festival Day". Mexican American artist Tish Hinojosa wraps up the disc with her bilingual children's song, "Quien/Who?".
Liner notes provide brief information about each artist and catalog numbers of the source discs.
Edited by Jim Zimmershied