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Morning Face

by Jay Mankita

Jay Mankita's collection of 10 rIchly textured, quirky, acoustic songs featuring guitars, vocals, mandolin, cello, and concertina, moving away from the humorous and the political, and more firmly into heart and soul territory.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Blocking My View Of You
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2. Lost Again
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3. Shadow
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4. Morning Face
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5. How Deep And Wide
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6. Sliwa the Cat
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7. Bread Alone
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8. Rain Rain
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9. Finny In The Long Run
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10. Worms In The Night
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Album Notes
New CD Release: Morning Face

Jay Mankita's new CD features Jay on acoustic guitar and vocals, joined by Barry Kornhauser (cello), Katy Taylor (concertina), Steve Bernstein (mandolin and guitar), and Karen Mal and Stephanie Corby (vocal harmonies).

Jay co-produced the album with Steve Burgh, who also engineered and mixed most of the album, (production credits include David Bromberg, Steve Goodman, Steve Forbert, Phoebe Snow) with additional engineering by Skytop Sound's Robert Bard (engineering credits include: Chris Smither, Suzzy Roche, Eric Anderson, and Jeff Muldaur).

The CD was mastered by friend Malcolm Cecil, (Grammy award winning engineer and co-producer for Stevie Wonder, with engineering credits on 21 gold and 5 platinum records).

Production credits aside, this remains a truly acoustic album, simple and clean, highlighting not the recording process, but the songs themselves.

Eight of the ten original songs are lyric based, woven through the rich woody fabric of the acoustic instruments. The musical themes provide texture for the songs, while running through them as musical statements of their own. Two beautiful instrumental pieces extend these themes, and highlight Jay's fascination for, and study of World folk music and composition.

The CD's title; 'Morning Face,' refers to the authentic self. These songs explore personal courage and authenticity; less humorous and political than some of Jay's earlier projects, this recording moves more deeply into heart and soul territory.


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Abbe Hurwitz

gift to my sister
This was a birthday present for my sister. By the time I called her on her birthday, she had listened to the whole CD and loved it. I called her attention to my favorite song, man does not live on bread alone, and she said she'd enjoyed all the cuts.

Laurence Sugarman

Like a musical gift from a friend
What a great collection of emotionally honest, well-performed, musically clever songs. Jay has a refreshing sincerity and authenticity. This album nicely complements his humorous work. Underneath is all is a rhythmic and tonal intelligence that just makes me smile. Thanks, Jay.