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Nebojsa Buhin Nebo - Six String Diary

Dallas Records

10 tracks

Another Eastern Europe review here at Blues Blast. Nebo and his band hail from Croatia and play a form of music that occasionally hints at blues but is more aptly classified as fusion jazz-rock. Sanctioned by the Ministry of Culture from the Republic of Croatia and apparently with at least a blessing by Jay Sieleman and the Blues Foundation (whom Nebo thanks in the liner notes), this is an all-instrumental album. All the tracks are originals except the closing cut, Eric Clapton's "Behind the Sun".

The opening instrumental track "My Own Texas" has a blazing harmonica line by Kreso Oremus and some hot and stinging guitar by Nebo. It shows the blues influence and that the blues are making an impression in one of the former Yugoslavian Republics. "Rollin'" is a hot dual guitar piece done in a Dickey Betts or Marshal Tucker-like style. It is a big, southern rocker track featuring Greg Koch on guitar along with Nebo. They get into it together with this very up tempo dual guitar attack. Very authentically American in the approach to souther rock sound.

The rest of the CD is a blend of fusion, cool jazz, world music, and older new age music. At times it reminded me of George Winston's style on piano (who is amazing in his own right and the various keyboard players hear hold their own) mixed with George Benson's style on guitar and with an overall synthesized sound. It's not bad, mind you, but the blues influences ended on track one.So if you want to see what a fusion of synthesized Croatian jazz and rock sounds like, this will fill your needs. It's kind of fun and there is a big production of sounds behind this CD. Fans of Weather Report and that era of fusion jazz will enjoy this CD. Musically, really Nebo brings it. He's a creative artist who plays extremely, writes good songs and brought together some fine musicians to play with him. But it's really not blues to me.

Reviewer Steve Jones is secretary of the Crossroads Blues Society in Rockford, IL.

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