It's easy to rack up genres in attempting to describe this Berkeley-based ensemble. Chamber-gypsy-jazz-folk? Sure, let's start there, but the group's latest album, "The Rain Is a Handsome Animal," adds poetry to the mix with lyrics taken from the works of e.e. cummings. Featuring an evocative, percussionless mix that includes Ben Goldberg's twisting clarinet, Rob Reich's accordion and the violin (and lilting voice) of Carla Kihlstedt (pictured), Tin Hat utterly shines.
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