Hank Roberts, Wiggy Dog Boy, in "The Truth and Reconciliation Show" is a mishmash of sounds and textures. Once I pushed past the first couple of songs, I did gain an appreciation for his musical talents. I found myself more attentive to songs that were a bit slower and less congested. Roberts allows his cello to shine on "Intro to Gabriel." The instrumental portion of "Here Forever" was a pleasant blend of melodic tones, but was somewhat lost with the vocals. "This Quietness" had an interesting café flavor with mellow guitar tones in a laidback feel. Roberts does get bonus points for his desire to cut a CD that approaches the subjects of political injustice and the need for world peace.
Artist / Group Name:Hank Roberts
CD Title:The Truth & Reconciliation Show
Genre:Free Jazz / Avante Garde
Record Label:Hi Pitch Music Services
Tracks:The Hundredth Monkey Man, A Dollar Bill, Peaceful Mind, Gabriel Intro/Gabriel, Here Forever Intro/Here Forever, Slave Trade In America, This Quietness, Sundance Intro/Sundance, Wiggys Soapbox Derby In Utopia'
Musicians:Wiggy Dob Boy: Hank Roberts (vocals, cello, classical guitar, wolf, trombone and jazzaphone fiddle), Will Evett-Miller (bass), Bill King (drums, percussion and vocals), Jake Roberts (guitar and wolf), Michael Stark (organ and piano) Additional Musicians: Mamadou Diabate (kora), Mabel Evans Welch, Stephanie McClain, Karen Lonsky (vocals), Charlie Shew (conga, bass drum and wooden box), Paul Merrill (trumpet), Don Slatoff (tenor sax), Matthew Saccuccimorano (percussion) and Richie Stearns (banjo)