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Bob Wiseman. the vinyl and CD release of Giulietta Masina at the Oscars Crying on Jan. 24 at the Tranzac.
Bob Wiseman. the vinyl and CD release of Giulietta Masina at the Oscars Crying on Jan. 24 at the Tranzac.

Bob Wiseman paints a musical picture of Neil Young – and other essential tracks Add to ...

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Neil Young at the Junos

By Bob Wiseman, from Giulietta Masina at the Oscars Crying; streaming here

Ron Sexsmith describes Bob Wiseman as “Canada’s Tom Waits,” which is interesting given that Wiseman has a touch of Sexsmith’s own curvy dips to his vocal delivery. On his colourful new album, the curious former Blue Rodeo keyboardist offers 10 vignettes, most all with intriguing topics and tricky word play, with help from some of the country’s greatest female vocalists, including Serena Ryder, Mary Margaret O’Hara and, on Neil Young at the Junos, Basia Bulat, whose “doo-doots” are just as much of an instrument as a steel guitar or Wiseman’s piano. “A man needs a song,” he sings as he paints a portrait of an imperfect, incomparable artist. As for the man behind the microphone, he’s Canada’s Bob Wiseman – singular, all ours and required. He launches his new album at Toronto’s Tranzac Club on Jan. 24

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