Dr. Martin Jack Rosenblum has released a solo CD, SWAMP RIVER, a brooding bluesy effort. Imagine a 21st-century Jewish Robert Johnson, musing with voice and fingertips over a dark psychic terrain of spells pronounced and broken, she-devils haunting deserts of the imagination and the sensation of being a marked man with nowhere to run. At other times SWAMP RIVER indulges in coupe d'ville fantasies of the open road and dreams of piracy on the high seas (set to filigreed fingerstyle guitar) with a deeply-felt sense for the importance of family--even for an outlaw. As always, Martin Jack's words are evocative and compelling, yet SWAMP RIVER is unusually dark and uncelebratory for him. It's an almost bitter rumination on tattered hopes and a world that no longer adds up. Dave Luhrssen Music Critic, Shepherd-Express.