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(Telarc/Concord; US: 24 Aug 2010; UK: Import)

Over the years, recreating any single part of Jimi Hendrix’s music has proven nearly, if not completely, impossible.  Well, now it’s time to make way for Turtle Island Quartet.  Granted, the classical string quartet inherently lacks the boisterousness of Hendrix’s electric blues, and the deafening, somehow melodic feedback isn’t there either, but the eight tracks TIQ have chosen for this reinterpretation translate surprisingly well. Perhaps the only downfall of the disc is that TIQ front man David Balakrishnan’s four-movement composition Tree of Life sits sandwiched in the middle of these Hendrix tracks like a full-grown man sitting in the back seat of a mid-size sedan. Tree of Life can and should stand on its own, and it’s unfortunate that TIQ, for some reason, felt it couldn’t, or shouldn’t. However, that takes nothing away from the fact that every note played by these four musicians, Hendrix or otherwise, deserves your ear.

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Jonathan Kosakow has been a regular contributor for PopMatters since 2009, and became Associate Events Editor two years later. He contributes to Glide Magazine's Hidden Track blog (www.hiddentrackblog.com), both on his own and as a member of the editorial collective Three Grown Men. His writing has also appeared on Relix.com and Jambands.com, but most of it can be found on the floor of his apartment or stashed away in files on his computer. Jonathan recently earned his Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Denver, and does his best to be an active member of the music and writing community in the Denver/Boulder area. He is the Director of Operations at the Boulder-based company Eco Vessel, and is the co-founder of the music-related website NoiseReport.net, and the beer-related blog beermadeclear.com, both currently in production.


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