Eric Bibb's Eclectic Minimalism

Eric Bibb is a master at picking guitar strings and musical collaborators, and he showcases these twin talents on his newest album, Friends [Telarc]. His father Leon played a prominent role in the 1960’s Greenwich Village folk scene, so it’s no surprise that Friends has strong folk overtones. On this eclectic outing—which features the mighty Taj Mahal—Bibb is accompanied by an international ensemble wielding such exotic instruments as fretless gourd banjo, mohan veena (a 19-string Indian lap-slide guitar invented by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt), and kora (an ancient 21-string West African harp-lute).