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CD Review: NANKURU NAISA
Nankuru Naisa - Takashi Hirayasu and Bob Brozman
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Nankuru Naisa

By KATHRYN SARGENT



They've done it again! Takashi Hirayasu and Bob Brozman wow'd us with their first release, JinJin (Firefly), which was recorded just after they met for the first time at Hirayasu's island home. Since then, they have traveled to music festivals at Winnipeg and Quebec, where Hirayasu had the opportunity to play with musicians from all over the world. Bob Brozman has described the process of getting to know another musician, and playing with him, as being "like falling in love, except it's music." Their new album, Nankuru Naisa, is also a lot like "falling in love"; it's light-hearted, whimsical, and inventive. The lyrics, sung in Okinawan, are translated in the liner notes, and they are beautiful poetry in themselves. Hirayasu's compositions, now flavored with ska, funk, and the Gypsy swing jazz he absorbed in his travels, are joyful, sad, playful, and always from the heart. This is one of the most original guitar albums you'll hear all year.

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