C.W. Stoneking: Jungle Blues (LP)
Winner 2009 Aria Award for 'Best Blues and Roots Album'
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C.W. Stoneking – Jungle Blues
C.W. Stoneking - guitar & tenor banjo player, singer/songwriter and raconteur - returns with a new collection of original tunes, Jungle Blues. Inspired in part by his amazing experiences as a survivor of a shipwreck off Africa's West Coast in 1998, it draws on the blues of the Southern U.S.A., calypso music of Trinidad, jungle jazz of the 1920s, and hillbilly music of the 1930s for a musical journey into a heart of darkness. It features C.W.'s live band the Primitive Horn Orchestra (featuring trumpet, trombone, clarinet, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, sousaphone, piano, harmonium, and double bass) and adds to the mix the unmistakable drumming of Jim White (Dirty Three, Cat Power), as well as traditional African percussion and touches of orchestral timpani drums. Jungle Blues sheds light on C.W.'s skills not only as musician, but as a lyricist / composer / arranger of the highest order.