By John Wood
All aboard for a joyous musical cruise to the islands courtesy of the latest release by Putumayo Kids, Caribbean Playground. Great care is taken by
American artist Taj Mahal, a big proponent of world music, gets our boat afloat with the aptly titled “Great Big Boat.” Stops along the way include Jamaica, “Jamaica Farewell”; Puerto Rico, “Bomba Te Traigo Yo” and Trinidad, where we learn of “Anancy,” the popular mischievous spider whose story was brought to the Caribbean hundreds of years ago by African slaves. This celebration of indigenous music will have you dancing the day away, but don’t fall off the boat!
• Caribean Playground, Various Artists, Putumayo Kids; $14.98 CD; www.putumayokids.com.
As reviewers we sometimes make vows that we have to eat. Mine usually involve clowns that name themselves after fruits or vegetables and CDs that have an opening song something to do with the sun – not your male child, but the sun.
So, as we beam in on
• Good Morning Sun, Goodnight Moon, James K, Rivertown Records; $15 CD, $13 cassette; www.jamesk.com.