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Posted October 1, 2010
Parkening seems to have an affinity toward teaming with African American artists. His works with Kathleen Battle are stunning and now his collaboration with baritone, Jubillant Sykes is equal to the expectation. Mr. Sykes is so adept at blending his voice with the guitar that at times one has to listen a little more carefully to realized which is being heard. Jubillant's dynamic range is astonishing. Just when one is carried away by the fragility of his pianissimo out thunders "Ching-a-ring Chaw' or the ravaging,"Granadinas." Let's not be carried away by the small stuff for those always trying to find fault with enjoyable works. This will definitely be a great addition to your vocal or guitar collection. It is for you, your room, mono a mono or with an intimate friend. This is the beauty of guitar and guitar/voice. How much more human can you get? Enjoy...be joyful....be Jubilant!
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Posted March 10, 2013
I'm a long time listener of Christopher Parkening's music and this release intrigued me. I got it on Friday and it has been a constant since then. I was required to work on Sunday and this music, and the pleasant weather, made what could have been a mundane ride into something magical. Favorites on the album are, "The Water is Wide" and "Lamento" but there isn't a weak track on this disc. The pairing of these two musicians is breathtaking, joyous, a pure delight. My only regret is that it has to end. No matter what your taste in music you should pick up this album and enjoy the glories therein. This is something that will endure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.