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Ben Sollee: Inclusions

Inclusions

(Thirty Tigers; US: 23 Oct 1960; UK: Import)

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Veteran folk cellist Ben Sollee returns with ten fully realized tracks and the obligatory nanosecond introduction. Inclusions has many of the Sollee hallmarks: imaginative arrangements, wicked humor, and, most importantly, loads and loads of good singin’ and good playin’. The album’s creator has stated that this is an amalgamation of his youth—a time when he heard the curious blend of old fiddle tunes, Bach, and Lauryn Hill seemingly day in and day out. Must have been a good time. The mood here is celebratory, and free, especially during “The Globe”, “Captivity” and “Huddle on the Rooftop” (the latter rich with the aforementioned Sollee humor). Arguably one of the best moments here is the closing “I Need”, a duet with vocalist Cheyenne Marie Mize, perfectly encapsulating all the disparate elements heard throughout and delivered with a swift and certain sigh.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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