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Blue Road

by RhythmWorks!

With a percussive heart and soul, RhythmWorks. "Blue Road" travels through time and tribal territory with tight rhythms, flowing woodwinds and haunting vocals.
Genre: World: Drumming
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1. Enter the Circle
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3:03 album only
2. Fire Keeper
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3:39 album only
3. Un-deux-trois
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3:16 album only
4. Dun-dun Ba
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3:58 album only
5. Blue Road
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6:51 album only
6. Djole
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3:57 album only
7. Seventh Chakra
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4:56 album only
8. Guantanamera
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2:11 album only
9. Guaguanco
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3:27 album only
10. Blame It On Baladi
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2:46 album only
11. Elemental Dream
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5:00 album only
12. Lamba
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3:29 album only
13. The River Is Flowing
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14. Rhythm Is the 6th Sense
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15. Kou-kou
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Album Notes
Best known as a percussion ensemble, RhythmWorks! retains its percussive heart and soul with their first full-length disc, “Blue Road,” while adding woodwinds by retired Florida Orchestra oboist, Joyce James. On the disc, James tops off several selections with flute, Native American Flute and clarinet. James joined RhythmWorks! in June of 2007.

A wide variety of new and traditional vocal pieces have been included on this disc - from the 1929 Jose Fernandez Diaz classic, “Guantanamera,” to Judith Hizer’s barbershop-influenced, “Elemental Dream.” The title track, “Blue Road,” composed by Hizer and arranged by Carrasco, was inspired by 6th century poet, Taliesin, and other figures in Celtic history.

The core of the group’s repertoire remains the same hot solos and show-stopping call and response expected of long-time drum partners, Carrasco and Lightning James Riley. Riley is not only a jaw-dropping djembe soloist and conguero for RhythmWorks!, but also is timbalero for the salsa band, “Orquestra Caribe.” Riley and Carrasco have been drumming together since 1999.

On the disc as guest vocalist for “Elemental Dream” is the newest addition to RhythmWorks!, Marie Kolecki. Starting with a women’s drum circle, and involved in the Michiana percussion community, Kolecki quickly gained the skills to catch the interest of RhythmWorks!. Kolecki joined the group in the winter of 2007.

Carrasco, Riley and Hizer are the three original members of RhythmWorks! founded in 2003.


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This is one of the best drumming CDs I have ever heard. The Conga and Dunun work is amazing. The Djembe are fast and right on. My Favorite songs are Blue Road, Fire Keeper, Seventh Chakra, and Guantanamera.

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Blue Road is the Road to Nirvana!
It is hard to say which track is my favorite on this All Star lineup. Depends on my mood, and all moods are covered on this eclectic collection. Right at this moment, Elemental Dream is running through my mind. And for pure drumming delight, well, Blame It On Baladi! It is delightful from first to last track. If you love rhythm, this is a "must have."

Kim Keigley

4 stars overall.......they gave an engaging performance, not just with their amazing talents, but with their capacity to reach out to people to help them discover their talents as well!!!