Shambhu – Soothe (Acoustic Shine, 2017)
As the title indicates, this is a very relaxing album, targeting the new age music market. Soothe mixes melodic instrumental music with smooth jazz, world music influences (primarily from India) and ethereal sounds.
Two well-known musicians appear on the album: wind instrument maestro Paul McCandless and virtuoso bassist Michael Manring.
The lineup includes Shambhu on acoustic, electric guitars, voice, 6-string ukulele, e-marimba, e-sitar, e-pads; Paul McCandless on English horn, soprano saxophone; Michael Manring on bass; Ravichandra Kulur on bansuri flute; Premik Russell Tubbs on soprano saxophone, wind synthesizer; George Brooks on soprano saxophone; Kristin Hoffmann on voice; Frank Martin on keyboards; Jeff Haynes on percussion; Gurumurthy V on tabla; and Todd Boston on slide guitar.
Album highlights include Ravichandra Kulur’s flute performances and Michael Manring’s bass work and Todd Boston’s slide guitar.
Buy the digital edition of Soothe
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.