Not so long ago, I used to observe how I'd usually heard of three or four of the acts on each Wire Tapper compilations. With this and other recent ones, I haven't heard of any of them. I know a handful of the names, but none of the tunes, in the Top 40. So I feel I'm being squeezed at both ends, caught in a pipe-and-slippers corner where only the folk awards to reassure me with their familiarity — bloody Donovan again — and even there I mistake Nancy Kerr for her mum, Sandra Kerr.
So on the one hand, I come to this completely fresh. I've never listened to the CD until now. On the other hand, I'm just half listening: I only have time to play the CD while I'm working. Somehow it seems to be mostly the pieces with Japanese connections that catch my attention. Yoshio Machida's contemplative, gamelan-style Setagaya Art Museum, Sep 28 2008 (excerpt), Seiya by Tomoyoshi Date & Corey Fuller (With Tadahito Ichinoseki), and Tokyo at Night by the Keyboard Choir.
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