By Donavon Frankenreiter (Lost Highway)
The nicest thing about Recycled Recipes, for me, is that it gives a window on surfer-musician Donavon’s sensibilities and influences. The six tracks on this fine CD are all bull’s-eyes for me – each one a personal favorite that’s thrilling to hear reinvented in his voice and given his spin: Bruce Cockburn’s ‘Wondering Where The Lions Are’, Wilco’s ‘Theologians’, Dr. John’s ‘Such A Night’, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Fortunate Son’, The Band’s ‘It Makes No Difference’, and Robert Zimmerman’s ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright’. Nice new arrangements of each tune, made personal by a gifted artist. Modest but agreeable performances, as intimate as if they recorded in a kitchen, which they were. These selections and his interpretations tell me all I need to know about Frankenreiter’s world view – sensitive, evolutionary, and comfortably revelatory. Well done … and thanks, Donovan!