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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Acoustic
    Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Live! (DVD)

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Live! (DVD)

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo
    Live! (DVD)
    Label: Heads Up

    The amazing harmony acapella vocals of this group have been heard the world over for over 30 years. Filmed in Akron, Ohio in 2008 this DVD puts recent faces to the voices. 14 songs plus an in-depth interview with the group’s founder, leader and musical director Joseph Shabalala.

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo WebsiteLadysmith Black Mambazo Wiki

    Al Conti - Scheherazade

    Al Conti - Scheherazade

    Al Conti
    Scheherazade
    Label: Shadowside Music

    Utilizing the legendary tales of 1001 Arabian nights is a sure bet for a theme and Conti supports the legends with ambient Middle Eastern musical structures while embellishing his work with exotic instruments and captivating arrangements. Escape to another world.

    Al Conti WebsiteAl Conti Wiki

    Mariah Parker - Sangria

    Mariah Parker - Sangria

    Mariah Parker
    Sangria
    Label: Ancient Future Music

    Spicy tantalizing flamenco melodies cross pollinate with East Indian rhythms that beg to be imbibed in while a gentle warm breeze rustles your hair. Jazzy flirtations permeate the world music foray and are focused by Parkers poignant piano (or santur) accentuations.

    Mariah Parker Website

    Matthew Montfort - Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar

    Matthew Montfort - Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar

    Matthew Montfort
    Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar
    Label: Ancient Future Music

    Being aptly titled to describe the non vocal guitar wizardry on this debut release from award winning Ancient Future band leader manages to expose his proficiencies and improvisational skills. Although well executed and technically proficient, the serenades are a tad on the dry side overall

    Matthew Montfort WebsiteMatthew Montfort Wiki

    Randy Granger - A Place Called Peace

    Randy Granger - A Place Called Peace

    Randy Granger
    A Place Called Peace
    Label: Dogsense Music

    Serene and meditative Native American flutes are melded and invoked above a percussive platform including Native drums and djembe plus the unique UFO shaped Hang drum. Perfect accompaniment for a blazing summer sunset.

    Randy Granger Website

    Slumdog Millionaire - Slumdog Millionaire - Original Soundtrack

    Slumdog Millionaire - Slumdog Millionaire - Original Soundtrack

    Slumdog Millionaire
    Slumdog Millionaire - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Interscope Records

    Bringing Bollywood rhythms fused with hip hop beats to the minds of millions, this Oscar winning soundtrack weaves an intricate intertwining tale of suspense and drama. Spanning a splendid musical spectrum these tracks take the listener on an exotic experience as varied and exciting as the movie itself.

    Slumdog Millionaire WebsiteSlumdog Millionaire Wiki

    Wiyos - The Wiyos

    Wiyos - The Wiyos

    Wiyos
    The Wiyos
    Label: Self Released

    Dubbing their output as “vaudevillian ragtime-jugband-blues and hillbilly swing,” this acoustic trio tells tales from an age gone by. Their lo-fi but not low energy music is comprised of the sounds from a washboard, harmonica, kazoo, archtop/resonator guitar/banjo-ukulele, an upright bass and three vocal for a full spectrum support. Kick ass!

    The Wiyos Website

    Jai Uttal - Thunder Love

    Jai Uttal - Thunder Love

    Jai Uttal
    Thunder Love
    Label: NuTone Music

    Imbuing the Kirtan style with a variety of contemporary knob twirling elements, Uttal displays an entrancing variety of upbeat and thought provoking songs and chants. Blazing a boisterous trail of global fusion and bombastic love energy.

    Jai Uttal WebsiteJai Uttal Wiki

    Bhagavan Das - Loves Songs to The Dark Lord

    Bhagavan Das - Loves Songs to The Dark Lord

    Bhagavan Das
    Loves Songs to The Dark Lord
    Label: NuTone Music

    I breathed a sigh of relief when I confirmed the Dark Lord mentioned had nothing to do with Dick Cheney. This enlightening master brings us simple rhythms imbibed with potent and powerful traditional chants and mantras. Contemporary Kirtan to tickle the mystic and satisfy the seeker.

    Bhagavan Das Website

    Deuter - Atmospheres

    Deuter - Atmospheres

    Deuter
    Atmospheres
    Label: New Earth Records

    Taming the wilds of your mind so that inner healing can occur, on this release Deuter harnesses impressionistic piano to fill but not overfill the musical space. Another in his line of excellent massage, Reiki or meditation CDs, the songs here contain a carefully measured harmonic blanket of sound and result in a cosmic blissful state.


    Lawrence Blatt - The Color Of Sunshine

    Lawrence Blatt - The Color Of Sunshine

    Lawrence Blatt
    The Color Of Sunshine
    Label: LBM Music

    Brandishing a full spectrum of guitar tricks and treats, this release finds a highly acclaimed acoustic guitar finger-picker emoting melodies and rhythms inspired by colors that are in turn designed to motivate a mood. This is his mode of tickling the oft unused mix of color and light therapy into music structures. Produced by Windham Hill Records founder William Ackerman.

    Lawrence Blatt Website

    Vieux Farka Touré  - Fondo

    Vieux Farka Touré - Fondo

    Vieux Farka Touré
    Fondo
    Label: Six Degrees Records

    Standing firmly on his own merits, this son of legendary Malian bluesman Ali Farka Toure leads his musical charge with a graceful, majestic grandeur. The ancient and contemporary African instrumentation and rhythms fill a broader vision as well as purpose with all but one of these modern classics penned by Vieux himself.

    Vieux Farka Touré WebsiteVieux Farka Touré Wiki

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