Dom Flemons – Prospect Hill

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As
a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons
specialised in reviving pre-war African-American string-band styles, and
now expands his range to include jazz, blues and R&B. His former
colleague Rhiannon Giddens has released an adventurous album reworking
great American songs, but Flemons sounds as if he’s sitting on the front
porch enjoying himself. This is a cheerfully varied set, on which he
switches between guitar, harmonica, banjo and percussion, with help from
equally classy musicians including multi-instrumentalist Guy Davis
(though sadly not Martin Simpson, with whom he toured last year). There
are some intriguing tracks here, including a revival of Native American
fiddle music on Sonoran Church Two Step and the swinging weepie Have I
Been Away Too Long?, now dressed up with electric guitar and saxophone.
His own songs range from a good-natured tribute to New Orleans jazz to
pleasantly unremarkable folk ballads.
 
 
 

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