Sultans Of String: Yalla Yalla!

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Catalog: 7502094232
Format: CD

Wholenote Discoveries - July 2009
Produced by six-sting violinist Chris McKhool, the Sultans of String also features Kevin Laliberté and Eddie Paton on a host of guitars, Drew Birston on bass and Rosendo Chendy Leon on drums, effectively meshes traditional string-band sensibility with world music influences. Self described as “an energized adventure of Latin, Gypsy–jazz, Middle Eastern and folk rhythms, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity”, the Sultans of String are all this and more as “Yalla Yalla” aptly demonstrates. McKhool and Laliberté share writing credits on most of the tunes, with a little help from Erik Satie and Pete Townsend along the way. Special guests in this eclectic mix include, among others, the vocals of Maryem Tollar, George Gao’s erhu, Basham Bishara’s oud, Andrew Collins’ mandolin and a Cuban trumpet section. Evidently a good time was had by all! David Olds

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