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Sounds and Places

by Robert J. Damm & Edwin Daniel

Jammin\' percussion grooves on djembe, congas, udu, tree stumps, and xylophones with jazz and blues influenced guitar; inspired by African, Brazilian, and Caribbean traditions.
Genre: Latin: Afro-Cuban
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ghana Blue Skies
4:35 $0.99
2. Azucar
7:02 $0.99
3. Little Village
4:22 $0.99
4. Calypsocation
6:15 $0.99
5. Big Box Blues
3:40 $0.99
6. Lotus
4:00 $0.99
7. Bikutsi
6:28 $0.99
8. Log Jam
3:00 $0.99
9. Buzz Turtle
4:22 $0.99
10. Brazil
2:58 $0.99
11. Skiffle Party
2:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
1. Ghana Blue Skies features kpanlongo rhythms of the Ga people of Ghana. Robert learned the drum patterns from Dr. Paschal Younge while studying in Ghana in 2004. The melody played on the marimba briefly quotes “Dzennaee,” a song associated with Ghana’s struggle for independence.

2. Azucar (the Spanish word for sugar) is a tribute to Celia Cruz, the Queen of Latin Music. Celia Cruz was born in Havana, Cuba. Her music was infused with the power and the sweet flavor that only she could add to salsa.

3. Little Village is a composition for amadinda (Ugandan-style xylophone) and acoustic guitar. The harmonic structure resulted from the exploration of various chord progressions which use only notes found within the major pentatonic scale (CDEGA). The xylophone rhythms are drawn from patterns commonly used in West African percussion ensembles. The steady beat is provided by ekpili seed rattles from Nigeria.

4. Calypsocation was composed as a feature for steel drums. The steel drum or “pan” originated in Trinidad and Tobago where it is recognized as the national instrument. Calypso is the music of Trinidad’s carnival celebration. Calypso is rooted in traditional West African music, and was originally used as a means of communication between slaves, as well as a form of entertainment.

5. Big Box Blues showcases the cajon (large wooden box) which came to be used as a musical instrument in colonial Peru when slaves, having lost their African drums, resorted to boxes on which they could play their traditional rhythms. Boxes were adopted in a similar manner in Cuba resulting in a specific style of rumba music.

6. Lotus was composed as a sound track for peaceful meditation. The rhythm played on the water drum represents a heartbeat. The lotus, an ancient symbol of the womb, symbolizes peace, serenity, and spiritual growth. The ringing bowls are played in a cyclical pattern much like the gongs in Indonesian gamelan music.

7. Bikutsi music is rooted in the cultural traditions of the Beti people of Cameroon. The word “bikutsi” literally means “beat the earth.” The name indicates a dance that is accompanied by stomping the feet on the ground. The percussion track includes the udu which is a clay pot musical instrument of the Ibo people of Nigeria where it is principally played by women.

8. Log Jam features cedar stumps in 2:3 clave rhythm.

9. Buzz Turtle includes the schizoid zither created by David Moore and ceramic petal trommes (Norwegian word for drums” made by Gwen Perkins.

10. Brazil opens in the rhythmic style of the music used to accompany capoeira, a Brazilian martial art/dance. The second section of the piece is samba, whose beginnings lie in the drumming and dance brought to Brazil by slaves from Angola and the Congo.

11. Skiffle Party was inspired by the informal “skiffle” music which originated in New Orleans around 1900 and was played on home-made instruments such as washboard, kazoo, and washtub bass. “She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain” is an American folk song from the 1800s.



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Great behind the wheel album! It is definitely "going" music! Not to worry though, "Lotus" will chill you out about the middle of the album --- and perhaps save you from a speeding ticket, but worth a ticket if you do get one. A fun ride all the way through --- great job!


Wonderful and Inspiring!
This album is so refreshing! It is obvious that Damm and Daniel have deep knowledge of their music and enjoy sharing it. I never knew there were so many different instruments out there. This album will definitely inspire you to go out and learn more about the music of this world! We should all learn to think outside the box more often and discover what we have been missing!

William Echelbarger

Wow! This is taking the whole "world beat" concept to the next level. I listened to the CD before reading the liner notes only to find out that the music isn't just fun and enjoyable, but is also highly sophisticated and intellectual. This work by Damm and Daniel is a many-leveled masterpiece. Just when I thought I had the CD figured out, *Skiffle Party* came along and blew me away--straight-up Lonnie Donegan. Again, Wow!


Fresh and fun
This album has an infectious energy and optimism to it that is fun and fresh. Track 6, Lotus, offers a contrast to the upbeat lightness of the rest of the album, and is brilliantly creepy and unnerving…..a great track within a great album. On track 11, Skiffle Party, Damm and Daniel a little goofy and one can’t help but go away with a huge smile. It is a great collection of different styles of world music set for the familiar sounds of percussion and guitar I enjoy all sorts of music from classical to heavy metal to raga (and all sorts of things in between), and I must say that I really love the whole album and enthusiastically recommend it to everyone.