Howe Gelb is one of those wonderful, but rare, musicians that seems to plough his own furrow oblivious to commercial gain or sensibilities and we love him all the more for it. Boasting a body of work of such immense range and diversity means his output is sometimes challenging, often brilliant, occasionally bizarre, but always interesting, where genres and ideas proliferate, overlap and overflow.
His new album in collaboration with A Band Of Gypsies is called Alegrías, and has been out for a couple of weeks here in the UK. Featuring Flamenco inspired reinterpretations of some of his Giant Sand songs as well as new tracks inspired by the Spanish town of Cordoba, it is another abrupt change of direction and another wonderful addition to his catalogue.
Watch the video for the wonderful Uneven Light Of A Day and download a taster below.
Download Howe Gelb & A Band Of Gypsies – The Ballad Of Lole y Manuel mp3 (from Alegrías)