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Give the neighbors a break
on March 24, 2000
Every now and them I like to kick back and listen to something that won't result in the neighbors telephoning a noise complaint to the police. Bruce Cockburn's Dancing In The Dragon's Jaws is a good choice: it may not have you dancing in the living room, but it won't put you to sleep either. Bruce's acoustic guitar playing is the highlight here. His finger-picking skills are masterful and unassuming. Basically an acoustic folk disc, Dancing also has slight jazz feel. The jazz undertone is the result of Robert Boucher's improvisational bass playing. His free-form style is especially noticeable on `Hills Of Morning,' `Badlands Flashback' and `Incandescent Blue.' `After The Rain' also shows some musical improvisation, but this time by the piano player. I enjoy the structure of Dancing's compositions because they're a bit more complicated than standard folk. An example is `No Footprints' where Bruce's vocals carry the melody, and he introduces counter melodies on the guitar and piano. So give the neighbors a break, and give Dancing In The Dragon's Jaws a spin.