Originally released in 2002 on the Northern Blues label, Wise and Otherwise is not only one of Harry Manx's best albums, it is one of the best blues discs in recent years. Fans of the Mohan Veena, Manx's signature instrument, will be particularly charmed with this offering. The exotic instrument is the center of the traditional song ''Death Have Mercy,'' as well as the perennial favorite ballad ''Coat Of Mail.'' Wise and Otherwise also features Harry's unique version of ''The Thrill is Gone,'' where Manx successfully combines the classic blues track with a traditional Indian raga.
Canadian bluesman Harry Manx makes what sounds like a recipe for disaster--acoustic covers of "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Foxy Lady" featuring the veena, a South Indian stringed instrument somewhat similar to the banjo--work surprisingly well. Manx comes by the Indian influences in his music honestly. He spent 25 years in India before relocating to Canada, where NorthernBlues (home of the equally accomplished Otis Taylor) has presented his second album, a follow-up to 2001's Dog My Cat. Wise and Otherwise continues the unusual but highly successful mix of traditional acoustic blues and Indian music pioneered on Manx's first album, though the inevitable comparisons to Kelly Joe Phelps are still apt. It's a little different from what you'd normally expect out of an acoustic bluesman, perhaps, but certainly none the worse for that. --Genevieve Williams
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Product Dimensions: 12.1cm x 13.3cm x 1.3cm
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