Live at Bonnie Doon Hall
"It's been said you can tell a lot about people by the company they keep. On his new concert recording Live at Bonnie Doon Hall, violinist Cam Neufeld has eight of the finest players from the cities roots and jazz scenes on board for what he calls The Cam Neufeld Connection. It's a reflection of just a few of the varied creative associations he's made over the past two decades. Along with Neufeld's versatile violin, the show involved percussionists John Newton and Dwayne Hrynkiw, bassists Thom Golub and Jim Hepler and four guitarists; Mo LeFever, Chris Smith, Kevin Cook and Ben Sures. Most tracks feature three or four of five players at a time, most often with Hrynkiw and Golub serving as the de facto rhythm section. He continues to find creative inspiration in many corners, most recently in oud music and also in visual art. As Neufeld explains in the illustrated liner notes, his search for fresh aids to improvisation has led him to draw increasing influence from painters over the last few years. Maybe that's one reason his music can generate imagery in the listener. In the end, the most intriguing part of the entertaining live disc has to be how the string man connects to so many different musical genres from Gypsy swing to jazz, Celtic, country, bluegrass, tango, Middle -Eastern melodies and more. Neufeld's imaginative improvisations are the key that keeps it happening " Rojer Levesque Edmonton Journal.