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Album: Jubilee
# Song Title   Time
1)    Diving Duck Blues
2)    When Abbott Met Costello
3)    Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
4)    No Particular Place to Be/Itchy Knees and Elbows
5)    Take This Hammer
6)    Curly Ray and His Brother
7)    Funny Business
8)    Raga Gujari-Todi
9)    Unmoved by Love
10)    Taking It to the Streets
11)    Weary and You Run
12)    Tell Me About the Blues Highway, Grandpa
13)    Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
14)    Lastly Tender
 

Album: Jubilee
# Song Title   Time
1)    Diving Duck Blues
2)    When Abbott Met Costello
3)    Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
4)    No Particular Place to Be/Itchy Knees and Elbows
5)    Take This Hammer
6)    Curly Ray and His Brother
7)    Funny Business
8)    Raga Gujari-Todi
9)    Unmoved by Love
10)    Taking It to the Streets
11)    Weary and You Run
12)    Tell Me About the Blues Highway, Grandpa
13)    Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
14)    Lastly Tender
 
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  • Personnel includes: Harry Manx, Kevin Breit (various instruments).
  • Personnel: Harry Manx (vocals, slide guitar, National guitar, banjo, tamboura, harmonica, electric bass, shaker); Kevin Breit (electric guitar, slide guitar, National guitar, baritone guitar, cavaquinho, mandocello, mandola, mandolin, organ, loops); David Travers-Smith (tamboura, shaker, tambourine).
  • Audio Mixer: David Travers-Smith.
  • Liner Note Author: Michael Wrycraft.
  • Recording information: Canterbury Music Company (05/11/2002-05/14/2002).
  • Introduction by: Calvin VK Breit.
  • Harry Manx is a kind of blues loner: He plays a unique East-meets-West blues that's more intellectual than the usual 12-bar jams. On Jubilee, he tries to be sociable by teaming up with jazz session guitarist Kevin Breit. And while their musical party is mostly a satisfying endeavor, it's too up and down to count as a joyous noise. In many cases, the album sounds much like a Manx solo outing. The down-and-out theme of "Weary and You Run," as well as Manx's Indian-influenced guitar sound, could have come from any of his albums. He plays slide guitar with the weight of the world in every note -- sorrow and seriousness penetrate every note. Breit's influence lightens the tone a bit, especially on the instrumental back and forth of "When Abbott Met Costello" and the upbeat and slightly off-kilter "No Particular Place to Be/Itchy Knees." His limited vocal range is evident on faster tempo songs, like "Funny Business," hinting that he might want to stick to what he knows best. In addition to originals, the duo takes on some interesting covers, to mixed results. Kudos are deserved for their version of the Doobie Brothers' "Taking It to the Streets," which sounds like Steely Dan and Ravi Shankar decided to jam together. Manx's seriousness adds another dimension to the light-hearted "Diving Duck Blues," one of the album's highlights. When he sings "If the river was whiskey and I was a diving duck, I'm going to swim to the bottom and you know I'm never, ever coming up," you wonder if he actually might do it. But they should have stopped before they got to Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile." They riff on an abstraction of the main hook, losing much of the soul of the song, and the cool tact they use, sucks the beauty from the original. A jubilee is a supposed to be a celebration of grand proportions, and this one doesn't make it out of the soiree stage. ~ Michael Gowan
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (2/04, p.50) - "The musicianship and the sound are both dazzling, and once again Manx gives the whole notion of warm, relaxed blues vocals a good reputation."

Living Blues (6/03, p.120) - "...An easy-going and often spacey set of parlor music with an occasional blues influence..."
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