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Putumayo Kids Presents: Instrumental Dreamland

Putumayo Kids Presents: Instrumental Dreamland

Spring 2012 Music
Ages: Infant - 6 yrs.
CD Price: $14.98

Drawing on instrumental songs from five countries, this eleven song collection varies in tone and texture, from Damien Erwin's gorgeous Spanish guitar rendition of Louis Armstrong's classic "What a Wonderful World" to Sue Richards & Maggie Sanson's outstanding Celtic lullabies "Bressay Lullaby/Don Oiche. Brazilian guitarist Reginaldo Frazatto, Jr. regales the listener with the Bossa Nova standard "O Filho Que Eu Quero Ter (The Son That I Would Like To Be)," while Michael Allen Harrison plays a deeply restful piano rendition of " Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."

Elsewhere, Masahiro Nitta performs on the otherworldly sounding, traditional Japaneese shamisen on "Komoriuta." Adding another flavor and tone is Balla Tounkara's West African 21 string harp (the kora) on the positively hypnotoic "Kouyate (Thanks, Good People)." There are also two selections from Hawaii; first is Keola Beamer's "slack key" guitar melody "Pupu Hinuhinu (Shiny Shell Lullaby)" and then there is Kohala & Jake Shimabukuro's lovely, gentle "Honu's Dream."

Add to all of this a tender early melody from Seamus Egan of the Irish super-group Solas in "The Lark," before the CD sends everyone off to dreamland with Victor Johnson's fine acoustic guitar based rendition of "Brahms Lullaby."

This is a marvelous collection of music that will soothe the savage child and act as a sonic balm for the tired parent; highly recommended.

Lahri Bond   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

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