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Heidelberg's own Jackson Browne sparks 'Let The Rhythm Lead Vol1' / LowBeats: album of the week

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Jackson Browne has been one of the most renowned singer-songwriters in the West Coast team for half a century. Born in Heidelberg, he has always been politically active and built cultural bridges over the years. The new project created a creative, sparkling crossover happening in Haiti with musicians from several countries, which is also somewhat reminiscent of Ry Cooder's collaboration with the Buena Vista Social Club or Ibrahim Ferrer.  Jackson Browne Let The Rhythm Lead Vol1 is our album of the week.

A picture-perfect thing. In times of Corona, such happenings are likely to become rarer. The essence of music to play together live is limited, partly shifting to the virtual-digital world. By the way, Jackson Browne got infected with Covid19 during a visit to New York and regretted it in conversation with the "Rolling Stone". "How much easier it would have been if I just called and said: 'No, I don't fly around the country to spend two days in New York ..." So many people who have it are not tested. They have no symptoms, but they could have it and probably pass it on. The younger readers also have to understand that. "

Launched in 2016, the first part of the sessions with the title "Vol.1" has only recently appeared. "Let The Rhythm Lead" characterizes a teamwork of songwriters from four countries: Paul Beaubrun, Jackson Browne, Habib Koité (Mali guitar), Jenny Lewis, Raúl Rodríguez (flamenco guitar), Jonathan Russel and Jonathan Wilson as well as members of the band Lakou Mizik from Haiti.

The mixture is full of musical passion and passion, which is poured into alternative rock, voodoo rhythms, flamenco guitar and sparkling percussion. The music is Creole, English, Khassonké from Mali and Spanish. The sessions took place in the studios of the "Artists Institute" (by "Artists For Peace And Justice") in the south coast town of Jacmel. The sound is right: powerful, colorful and airy, the lively songs almost turn audiophile, not consistently at this high level - but pieces like the opener "Lapè, Lammou" ("Peace And Love") grab you with ecstatic rhythms, polyphonic voodoo -like vocals - but also thanks to the wonderfully well-defined sound.