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Bobby Previte
Rhapsody
(RareNoise Records)

One of the great joys of being tasked with writing record reviews is discovering new music you may not have found on your own. Hudson-area percussionist Bobby Previte's new disc, Rhapsody—chapter two in a planned trilogy of "travel" albums—is, quite simply, an amazing journey. I can't stop playing this record. It's an all-star acoustic outing featuring contributions by Nels Cline, John Medeski, Zeena Parkins, Jen Shyu, and Fabian Rucker, and featuring Previte's first work as a lyricist. Rhapsody flashes on Dagmar Krause-era Henry Cow, largely due to Shyu's exquisite vocalizing; David Cross-era King Crimson, due to Shyu's erhu and Previte's penchant for Fripp-like ostinatos from any number of instruments; and Alice Coltrane's more filigreed work, thanks to Parkins's mastery of the harp. But really Rhapsodyis its own brilliant, obsessive, and, as I said, amazing thing. I can't stop playing this record. .

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