In the Well
After two early albums of traditional blues, followed by six album's of their own striking songs, New Zealand band Kokomo returned to a labour of love that they have planned for many years - an album of the songs of Bob Dylan. This isn't your standard album of politely-imitated Dylan favourites. The songs have been totally absorbed into Kokomo's unique blend of blues, jazz and country, with superb musicianship - including remarkable string virtuoso Nigel Gavin (Robert Fripp, Gitbox Rebellion, Nairobi Trio) on electric guitar, mandolin and banjo - and singing from Derek Jacombs that truly digs inside the lyrics, illuminating previously neglected gems and finding different nuances and interpretations in familiar places. Whether you never listen to Bob Dylan, or are sick of bland reworkings of his songs, or simply dig the distinctive funky Kokomo blend of blues harp, trumpet and guitars, this album is a tasty aural banquet.