Ogawa Kaya:'Guernica' by Dan Grunebaum This is authentic music. And that's perhaps surprising considering we're talking about a young Japanese guitarist working in the blues traditions of the American South. But it turns out Kaya has paid his dues, busking on the streets and playing in the clubs of New Orleans, London, Amsterdam and Okinawa. From the sounds of it, the dedication has paid off: Kaya has fashioned a distinctly expressive, individualistic style of acoustic and electric blues that speaks from the heart, while at the same time reflecting the legacy of the Delta blues and later stylists like Ry Cooder. Whether it's the sly, greasy blues of 'Guernica' or the pensive quiet of 'Okinawan Butterfly,' Kaya creates an atmosphere of intimacy that leaves a lasting impression. A strong debut indeed. METROPOLICE: Jan 25, 2002.
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