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Creole Girl

by Stephen Blum

Haitian song featuring Cuatro, Jazz guitar, acoustic guitar, all mixed together with acoustic bass, and hand drum set. This song is from the album"Gottschalk's Last Dance", by Stephen Blum. It's a mix of originals, an Afro-American Carribean music journey
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This is a song which i discovered in Haiti. it is a traditional song which i arranged. We played it live with guitar, bass, and drums and i layered cuatro, and nylon string acoustic guitar in with the original tracks. I tried to retain the clave from the recording that i found in Haiti, which was a vocal version of the song. The origins of this tune are still a mystery to me. " The CD is great, the music is magic"..... Jassvan de Lima, producer and host of Som do Brasil, WKCR, N.Y.C


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Joe Ross

Stephen Blum is a versatile & tasteful guitarist
Born in New York City and playing professionally by age 15, guitarist Stephen Blum shows mastery of many styles from jazz to blues, reggae to Latin. Performing on acoustic and electric guitars, as well as the Puerto Rican cuatro, he can coax many sounds from his instruments. Stephen Blum keeps his music in spare settings with only the accompaniment of bass (Ben Meigners) and drums (Louis Cato). Originally from Tel Aviv, Ben Meigners has performed with Blum since 2006 and was a 2009 Thelonious Monk competition semi-finalist on the upright bass. Drummer Louis Cato, a graduate of the Berkelee College of Music, began performing with Meigners and Blum in early 2010.

“Creole Girl” is a traditional Haitian song, presented here as an instrumental. The trio played it live with guitar, bass, and drums, and Blum then laid additional tracks of cuatro and nylon string guitar into the mix. It would be interesting to know more about the song, hear the lyrics, and their meaning. "Creole Girl" appears on Stephen Blum's complete album called "Gottschalk’s Last Dance." Stephen Blum is a versatile and tasteful guitarist, and that he hangs in good company with the likes of bassist Meigners and drummer Cato. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)