Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Listen
FLOWER FROM THE FIELDS OF ALABAMA Norman Blake (Shanachie) With his Uncle Sam beard, Blake belongs in a Thomas Nast cartoon. His acoustic music, picked on his collection of antique guitars and mandolins, is as timelessly American.
A TWIST OF MARLEY Various Artists (GRP/Verve) Late reggae king Bob Marley's canon gets jazzed by the likes of sax man Michael Brecker, guitarist Lee Ritenour and vocalist Maxi Priest. The lilting arrangements do not blunt the master's message.