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Etsi Shon
Jerry Alfred
Etsi Shon
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
 
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Robbie Robertson tried to fuse Native American and rock sounds a year or two ago, but like most appeasement, it turned out to be neither fish nor fowl, merely a disappointment. Jerry Alfred is a Tutchone, from the Yukon. A...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jerry Alfred
Title: Etsi Shon
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Red House
Original Release Date: 6/18/1996
Release Date: 6/18/1996
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Bluegrass, North America, Native American, Singer-Songwriters, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 033651009320, 033651009344

Synopsis

Amazon.com
Robbie Robertson tried to fuse Native American and rock sounds a year or two ago, but like most appeasement, it turned out to be neither fish nor fowl, merely a disappointment. Jerry Alfred is a Tutchone, from the Yukon. And, by God, he's made a cracking album. The fusion of native and nonnative is what Robertson's should have been, voice and drum to the front, the rest adding color and ambiance, never hurried. This is a different world slowly showing itself. Songs like "Taan Mun," with its water sounds, wouldn't be out of place in a chill-out room. About the only time this doesn't work is when it gets folksy and loses a touch of its mystery. Still, these places are few and far between. If you don't believe there's still magic in the world, listen to this record and learn the truth. --Chris Nickson

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CD Reviews

Grandfather Song rocks
Edward Bosnar | 03/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Etsi Shon" would be a great sing-along album, if only the words could be understood (although the members of Jerry Alfred's nation may rightly say "your loss"). Alfred took the traditional songs and melodies of his Northern Tutchone nation (Canada) and set them to contemporary sounds. The result is a great collection of wistful, almost spiritual songs. My personal favorite is the title track, "Grandfather Song," which I find myself listening to over and over. Although I hardly agree with Amazon editorial reviewer Chris Nickson's pretentious panning of Robbie Robertson's efforts in recent years as "appeasement" and a "dissappointment" (his review itself is in fact a disappointing example of appeasement), he is certainly right in praising Alfred's "cracking" contemporary stylings of traditional Native American music."
...best contemporary vocals, First Nations CD around
Zane Ivy | Seoul | 03/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Like sitting on the shore of a calm lake...and hearing the loons echo in the distance...hand drum, acadian echos, Native and English vocals. This is contemporary First Nation's music drawing on tradition and fusing it with the Canadian "now" at its best."
I lost it. Missed it so much. I had to buy a brand new one
knuteklotz3@hotmail. | 12/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Its great. I am an Alaskan native, I really connect to this cd in alot of ways. To me I can hear all the struggle in jerry's voice, all the defiance, and all the love for nature's mystery.
This albulm gives a brief glimps of mystery and freedom in an unfree world. A mystery and freedom that can never be captured or compromized."