Broken Wheel

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Although the subtitle of Broken Wheel is "Blues Violin Music," one shouldn't expect the album to be the second coming of Don "Sugarcane" Harris. More so than on the rest of Chris Murphy's thematically connected series of albums, there's only a tenuous connection to the blues on much of Broken Wheel. For example, songs like the opening "Butterfly Blues" are more like the kinds of mild R&B shuffles that suburban white boys often mistake for traditional blues. This is not to say that Murphy, who is an exceptionally talented musician with a deep understanding of many different forms of music, is himself guilty of this misapprehension, but merely that -- unlike the West ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Although the subtitle of Broken Wheel is "Blues Violin Music," one shouldn't expect the album to be the second coming of Don "Sugarcane" Harris. More so than on the rest of Chris Murphy's thematically connected series of albums, there's only a tenuous connection to the blues on much of Broken Wheel. For example, songs like the opening "Butterfly Blues" are more like the kinds of mild R&B shuffles that suburban white boys often mistake for traditional blues. This is not to say that Murphy, who is an exceptionally talented musician with a deep understanding of many different forms of music, is himself guilty of this misapprehension, but merely that -- unlike the West Coast-style cool jazz of On a Blue Afternoon, the folk-rock playfulness of Juniper, and the spacy electro-prog of Salton Songs -- there's a small sense that on Broken Wheel, Murphy is pandering a bit, playing simplified, rock-oriented faux blues for an audience that has little interest in the real thing. On that level, Broken Wheel is quite good, but whether that's an endorsement is up to the listener.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2005
  • Label: Kufala
  • UPC: 825084009523
  • Catalog Number: 95

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Murphy Primary Artist, Violin
Hal Cragin Bass
Rick Holmstrom Guitar
Stuart Johnson Drums
Daniel Glass Drums
Avi Sills Drums
Karen Teperberg Drums
Ted Kamp Bass
Donny Gruendler Drums
Bryan Head Drums
Lou Castro Bass
Karen Tepperberg Drums
Technical Credits
Paul Black Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Hal Cragin Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Chris Murphy Composer
Eric Colvin Audio Production
Erik Colvin Producer, Engineer
Ted Kamp Composer
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