CD REVIEW: Marcie Brown - Butterfly Girl
By Don Sechelski - 08/25/2009 - 09:06 PM EDT
Artist: Marcie Brown
Album: Butterfly Girl
Label: Classical Gypsy Records
Genre: classical-gypsy-circus-world cello music
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: India 2, Caught In The Spell, African Rain Chant, You Are My Sunshine
Butterfly Girl is an amazing new CD from cellist, Marcie Brown. Featuring an incredibly eclectic collection of original compositions, Brown’s stunning work on the cello is supported by a talented group of players. Drawing on influences as diverse as Indian ragas and Brazilian bossa nova, Brown describes her work as “classical-gypsy-circus-world cello music.”
It’s hard to pick a favorite tune. Brown’s work ranges from delectably beautiful melodies to pulsing, polyrhythmic world beats, sometimes in the same piece. Dancing With Nel and Joberto is a duet with guitarist, Terence Brewer. Brown and Brewer weave a spell alternating between a beautifully intricate melody and Brazilian rhythms. Butterfly Girl, the title song, features Marcie Brown on cello and mandolin while Terence Brewer provides guitar. India 2 showcases Brown on cello with percussionist Katja Cooper. I listened with mouth agape as she brought sounds from her instrument that I had never heard from a cello.
Caught In The Spell features Brown on vocal as well as cello and Cooper on percussion. She wails expressively. Song of the River features the Agave Quintet, essentially a string quartet with an added 7 string jazz guitar played by Robin Lewis. Brown plays cello, Anthony Blea and Jason Totzke play violin with Laura Douglas on viola. The lush string quartet was leavened nicely by Lewis’ guitar. African Rain Dance is a percussion driven piece with Brown on cello and handclaps, Ana Nitmar on vocals and Cooper on percussion.
Butterfly Girl is a must have CD. Run; don’t walk, to your nearest record store. Or better yet, click your mouse and find Butterfly Girl online. This is an inspired CD from an inspired artist. Don’t miss it.
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