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Ben Rosenblum's Nebula Project music is decidedly colorful, melodic and accessible on 'Kites And Strings' / All About Jazz

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Expectations are necessarily guarded when preparing to appraise a recording by the Nebula Project whose leader plays accordion. Be that as it may, any such uneasiness is quickly erased by Ben Rosenblum and his doughty ensemble whose music is decidedly colorful, melodic and accessible-which is not meant to undervalue diversity, another of its discernible points. Rosenblum, who wrote seven of the album's ten numbers, draws on influences as varied as klezmer jazz, Bulgarian folk music and even Johannes Brahms to weave a richly colored tapestry whose purpose is to entice the listener's ears with its charm and contrast.

Kites and Strings is Rosenblum's third album as leader but his first as captain of the Nebula Project. Based on this smooth-sailing maiden voyage, a second cruise would seem to be more mandatory than elective.

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