Issue #166 Review: Shambhu - SOOTHE
Shambhu – SOOTHE: …and that’s exactly what this accomplished guitarist does for your ears & your
soul, to be sure!
His wonderful acoustic & electric guitar work is complimented very nicely by Michael Manring on bass, Jeff Haynes on percussion, Frank Martin on piano, Paul McCandless on reeds, Premik Russell Tubbs on soprano sax and wind synth, George Brooks on soprano sax, Ravichandra Kulur on bansuri flute, Kristin Hoffmann on vocals, and Gurumurthy V on tabla on this nine-song set of wonderment!
I noted in my last review of his music (issue # 135) that there’s always something “different” than all the other guitar players coming through… the tune that best exemplifies that musical diversity (for me, anyway) is the broad and sweeping arrangements on “Gaia Sweet Divine“… and the percussion/vocals are just simply sweet!
It is the marvelous blending of guitar and the other players on the opener, “Knowingness“, that made it my personal favorite – to be sure… once you listen to this tune, you won’t be able to stop until you’ll strolled through all 41 minutes.
I give Shambhu a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this excellent album. Get more information on the Shambhu web page for this February 2017 release.
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