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Harry Manx and Kevin Breit

Biography:

A new Harry Manx and Kevin Breit CD is always full of eclectic musical delights, and for Strictly Whatever each of the two guitarists brought a number of different original songs to the table, plus unique covers of Bobby Hebb's classic, "Sunny;" and the John Lee Hooker chestnut, "Mr. Lucky."

"What's different for me on this CD is that I played mostly baritone guitar, which adds a good bassend to the tunes," says Harry Manx. "I also sat down and played kick drum and snare with my left and right feet while playing the guitar. Kevin brought a wide variety of stringed instruments and electronic pedals."

"Between us, Harry and I sing on most all of the songs," explains Kevin Breit. "He and I sing lead on three or four songs each, and there are three vocal duets. Harry plays Mohan Veena, the Indian instrument he brings to all his recordings and live gigs, as well as banjo, baritone electric guitar and lap acoustic guitar; and I played just about everything else."

Kevin Breit contributes six new songs on Strictly Whatever, while Manx penned three. One of Breit's new tunes is an all-instrumental track, "Hippy Trippy," which conjures up visions of the psychedelic ‘60s. "Though we each prepared our songs in advance of the session, we tried to do a lot of the creating in the studio on the spot," Manx says, adding to the spontaneous vibe of the recordings. "It's interesting to note that I often play lead lines on guitar on Kevin's tracks and he plays the leads on mine. That, along with many other details of our recording sessions were never discussed in advance…we just allow each other to do their best…only one rule, Strictly Whatever rules!," enthuses Manx.

Harry Manx:

  • Born on the Isle of Man, raised in Canada, but spent many years in Europe, Japan, Brazil and India where he learned the Mohan-veena.
  • "Mysticssippi" blues man Harry Manx has been called an "essential link" between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas.
  • Has created a unique sound that is hard to forget and deliciously addictive to listen to.

Kevin Breit:

  • A longtime part of the international music scene.
  • Worked on recordings that have won 13 Grammy Awards for artists like Norah Jones and Cassandra Wilson.
  • Based in Toronto, Breit has recorded with more then 100 artists including k.d. lang, Hugh Laurie, Lou Reed, Bill Frisell, Amos Lee and Roseanne Cash.
  • In addition to his solo work, Kevin is a member of Supergenerous (Blue Note Records), Folk Alarm and Sisters Euclid.

Strictly Whatever

Strictly Whatever
SPCD 1352
Genre: World/Folk
Released: 24 May 2011
  1. Sunny (3:23)
  2. Nothing I Can Do (3:11)
  3. Looking For A Brand New World (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:19)
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  4. Hippy Trippy (3:59)
  5. Mr Lucky (3:16)
  6. Note To Self (2:11)
  7. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep (5:34)
  8. Little Ukelele (2:31)
  9. There Was A Girl (4:45)
  10. Looking For A Plan (3:45)
  11. Dance With Delilah (3:50)
  12. Carry My Tears Away (2:45)

Reviews:

Gonzo Online
By John the Rock Doctor
The latest collaboration between these two brilliant musicians is one of the most delightful discs I’ve had the pleasure of spinning all year.

In Good We Trust

In Good We Trust
SPCD 1320
Genre: World/Folk
Released: 10 April 2007
  1. I'm On Fire (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:43)
  2. Sometimes (4:54)
  3. Bottom Of The Hill
  4. Better Man Blues (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:04)
  5. Death Have Mercy (4:43)
  6. Steal 6 (5:13)
  7. Ship Of Fools (4:29)
  8. In Good We trust (2:49)
  9. Hang On (5:08)
  10. Don't Swim, Float (2:47)
  11. Sisters (4:16)

Reviews:

www.jsitop21.com
By John Shelton Ivany
This is a gem of a find worth checking out. New Album of the Week!