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New traditional Vietnam

  • Jan 11, 2000
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As far as my own personal music collection is concerned, this may have been THE reissue of 1999, although the original release date was before I was even born if I am not mistaken.

With this album Tran Van Khe created an at times freely improvised music within the context of traditional Vietnamese styles. I just have to say that the "dan kim" (moon-shaped lute) has one of the greatest tones I have heard from an acoustic stringed-instrument. To break it down, this instrument is an ancient Vietnamese cousin (predecessor) to the acoustic guitar, but with a very different tone.

I won't even try to pick one or two favorites off of this album because each one is a stand-out performance, although everything seems to lead up to the magical last track, a track which is by itself worth the cost of the cd. If you have even half an interest in traditionally-styled Asian music you will find much to savor on this cd. If you know nothing about Asian music of any country then it'd be tough to find a better place to start than this.

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Label: Ocora France
Artist: Tran Van Khe
Release Date: January 12, 1999

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