Ubiguity Rec. Bei Bei He & Shawn Lee : Into The Wind(US,2009)***
Packed as Asian fusion this is in fact more of a good hanging together tasty groove record, where the old koto/zither like guzheng is like being sold out to an easier lounge offering. The approach this is a bit poppier than usual, in a relaxed downbeat setting, with studio-based arrangements. The eastern flavour of the instrument comes through as an exotic element. Two soul songs are added too (featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow). This sort of package works well and is entertaining, but we should not forget the instrument could bring us to totally different levels of experience too. In its own context for the groove music this still is a light refreshment.