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Take Out by Hong Kong Dragon Club

K.K Wong has created a beautiful tapestry of music on this recording. The slow mournful "Beautiful island" casts a soothing spell upon the listener invoking images of a native land blending nicely with modern contemporary sounds.

The upbeat "Green Is The Mountain" borrows from Chinese traditional music and also incorporates some beautiful harmonica from David Packer. East meets West throughout. Some gentle call and response throughout add much to the flavor of the piece.

David Packer's bluesy piano Intro reminds me a bit of something Billy Joel might do. Ever so sweet and cascading the keys throughout, David weaves each note together before the rest of the band join in for this Spring like melody. It's amazing how well Chinese melodies and contemporary sounds work together.

"Love Song Of The Plain" is another piece which invokes a gentle breeze utilizing many different Chines instruments, including the Erhu, and Di.

K.K. Wong has done a spectacular job in creating a mood which caries through this recording with passion, grace and conviction. This recording is a timely reminder that we all need to sit back, relax, and let the music soothe the soul.

Another aspect of this recording worth mentioning is the quality of the recording. Clearly recorded with attention to detail make this recording that much more special.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Hong Kong Dragon Club
  • CD Title: Take Out
  • Year Released: 2000
  • Record Label: K.K. Wong Productions
  • Musicians: Arranged and conducted by David Packer. Hsin Hsiao-Hung on erhu. Cheng Man on guzheng. Li Tak Kong on yangain. Choo Boon Chong on di. Wong Ching on pipa. Guy Barker on trumpet. Nick Ledesma on drums. Rudy Balbuena on bass. Nilo Aristorena on bass. David Packer on harmonica, keyboard, percussion, Roland S-50. Produced and recorded by K. K. Wong.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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