Harry Manx & Kevin Breit Strictly Whatever

Harry Manx & Kevin Breit Strictly Whatever
Canadian string wizards Manx and Breit have prolific solo recording careers, and Breit is a much in-demand accompanist for stars ranging from Norah Jones to Cassandra Wilson. They first teamed up in 2007 with their In Good We Trust album and quickly became folk fest faves. Their audience will lap this up eagerly too. They play 11 different stringed instruments, all superbly, while generally preferring to swap songwriting and vocal duties. Things begin with a charming take on '70s pop classic "Sunny" perfectly setting the tone for the mostly mellow material that follows. "Mr. Lucky" has a JJ Cale-like feel, "Hippy Trippy" is a super-fun instrumental fittingly fuelled by Breit's electric sitar and "Little Ukelele" is a charming trifle. More serious is Manx's adaptation of a Mary Elizabeth Frye poem in "Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep," a gorgeous, haunting album highlight. Their voices complement each other as smoothly as their playing ― the harmonies on "There was A Girl." This is a gentle treat. (Stony Plain)