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Christian Howes wants you to know that Southern Exposure is not simply another violin and accordion collaboration, or some light-hearted evocation of Parisian café music. Not that there's anything wrong with what Howes identifies as salon fare, but it wouldn't reflect the hearty, sometimes fierce bite with which he and Victor Prieto, a rising star accordianist – plus pianist Josh Nelson, George DeLancey on bass and Cedric Easton on drums – tear into original material and classics from an extended Hispanic sphere of influence.
The compositions and improvisations throughout Southern Exposure derive from, are influenced by and/or refer to a swath of the world that comprises not just Spain and Portugal but Mediterranean France and Italy, North Africa, the Caribbean islands, Central and South America, as well as penetration into more northern climes. Argentine tango nuevo a la Astor Piazzolla, Brazilian bossas and choros, Afro-Cuban jazz, driving post-bop and fusion are a part of the mix, as are Celtic and Appalachian fiddle figures, romantic serenades and contemporary classical rigor. Howes and his musical compatriots bring it all together with masterful vitality.Related Links: