Davison/Coleman — Forward Motion
(DHW 80806, 2006, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2007-03-01The folk-based singer-songwriter genre (if that’s what you want to call it) is in some ways the most basic form of music there is: a person devises music and then performs it all on their own. In its modern incarnation, the format presents certain dangers, most notably the tendency toward a certain precious earnestness, but also the virtue of directness. Davison/Coleman, as you can tell by the name, is not strictly singer-songwriter territory, being a duo, but they very much fit the mold. Lynn Davison’s voice reminds me a lot of various other contemporary singers along the lines of Dar Williams or Shawn Colvin, but not in a way that seems to be deliberate imitation. Cole Coleman’s voice is pleasant if not distinctive, and blends nicely with hers. The arrangements are quite lovely, featuring nice use of strings and keyboards, but no drums or percussion. The playing, especially on the laud, Coleman’s main instrument, is lively enough to keep it from getting snoozeworthy. The laud is a bit like an oversized 12-string mandolin, and has a bright sound that is both refined and earthy. Most of the songs feature many layers, both of backing vocals and various instruments. And perhaps they venture near that danger zone of precious earnestness from time to time, but to my ear never past it. Overall, it’s quite a nice album, and a good choice for lazy weekend afternoon listening.
Related artist(s): Davison/Coleman
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more