Saturday, December 26, 2015

CD Review: New Music From Worldly Artists Sultans Of String And Christian Howes

From Canada comes the fifth album from the award winning instrumental group, Sultans Of String. Their latest album, "Subcontinental Drift" will be released on February 5th, through RED Distribution, in association with Sony Music. It also features special guest and sitar master Anwar Khurshid, who provided the soundtrack to the award-winning Oscar film "Life Of Pi." The new album features ten-songs that combine elements of Middle Eastern music with Cuban rhythms, Jazz and even some Blues. The opener "Enter The Gate" carries a steady bluegrass rhythm as sitar and violin battle for control. Anwar Khurshid adds his distinctive vocals to the worldly sounds of "Rakes Of Mallow/Rouge River Valley" and "Ho Jamalo," before turning Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" into a Middle Eastern call for peace. The intense playfulness of "Snake Charmer" and the exciting "Journey To Freedom" showcase what amazing musicians the Sultans Of String are, before closing with the quieter, more relaxed delivery of "A Heart Does What It Does," To find out more about Sultans Of String and their latest release "Subcontinental Drift," please visit

American musician/composer Christian Howes has been touring the world, performing for audiences for over twenty years. He is considered by many in the genre to be one of the leading jazz/classical violists in the world. He recently released his latest album "American Spirit" back in October and it features eleven instrumental songs that look to capture the spirit of this great nation. The album begins with a cover of Leonard Bernstein's tribute "America" as Howes' violin instantly becomes the focus of the song. The gentle touch of "Once Upon A Time In America" also has you feeling very patriotic, while "Just A Closer Walk" adds a little pep to your step with this swinging jazz number. The first of three Christian Howes originals on the album features the title-song, "American Spirit" as he includes the entire band on this sprawling magic piece of music. He gets jazzy with the Fats Waller original "T'Aint Nobody's Business" with lead vocals provided by Polly Gibbons, before finishing with the familiar theme from the TV show 'Taxi' titled "Anglea" and his impressive display of talents on the original "Postlude." To find out more about Christian Howes latest release "American Spirit," please visit

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