Jorge Alfano

Noccan Kani (I Am)

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Argentinian-born musician Alfano plays stark and pretty music based on Andean traditional songs. While his performances with vernacular flutes and percussion have the virtue of leaving plenty of open spaces, I had difficulty preferring this over its source material. Plus, the "big drum" feel combined with a Native American flavor put me too much in mind of the banality of the men's movement to bring an open mind to the nonetheless romanticized songs. For admirers of ambient fare, however, Noccan Kani is a decent addition to the Global Relaxation four-CD box set.

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