Randy Armstrong

No Regrets

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Both as a solo artist and a member of the Doah World Music Ensemble, world fusion pioneer Randy Armstrong has been blending musical genres with imagination and style since the mid-'70s. 2003's NO REGRETS finds Armstrong continuing his efforts to forge a new musical language that combines jazz, classical, African, Indian, and Native American traditions. A wide variety of guitars (including a synth-guitar), percussion (including tabla, djembe and balafon), flutes, and studio manipulations make for a musical journey that spreads its geographical map wide. The results are organic and indigenous, yet decidedly contemporary. Armstrong composed nine of the album's 11 tracks (one of the two covers is Miles Davis's "Blue in Green," which receives a delicate treatment that feels Asian and country-tinged at once), making NO REGRETS an impressive tour-de-force from this talented musician.

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