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Sands, Sheldon / Dead Sea Strolls
Album:Dead Sea Strolls Collection:World
Artist:Sands, Sheldon Added:10/2003
Label:Shalhevet Productions 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2004-03-22 Pull Date:2004-05-24 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:23 May4 Apr

 Recent Airplay
1.May 18, 2004:the jewish alternative
2.Mar 29, 2004:Fly By Night
Points of View, Lashuv Ha-Baita/Returning He

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-03-02 
Sheldon Sand’s Dead Sea Strolls is a collaboration between some very distinguished Israeli and Palestinian musicians, who get together to produce 10 exquisite middle eastern melodies. Most pieces here are based on traditional intricate rhythms and share the sense of subdued melancholy often found in desert music, although the oriental-meets-western arrangement is also frequently used, and many tracks contain inspired improvisation. The fact there are no words (only hypnotic vocal humming/wailing) should make this album especially accessible to a western audience. Recommended.

Track 1, Returning home: Haunting flute refrain with slow percussion and strumming.

Track 2, Points of view: Starts with traditional arabic percussion + strumming, Duet between “operatic” fem. vox and clarinet player.

Track 3, Sababa!: Starts with piano + clarinet; more contemporary sound. Reminded me of all those nights I spent in the arabic harems (no I didn’t). The Turkish clarinet is the star of this track.

Track 4, The calling: Grave, haunting intro; Man’s wail that gets stronger. Slow tempo.

Track 5, Waseem’s Taqasim: Slow tempo performance on traditional stringed instrument

Track 7, The water wheel: Male vox. with an assortment of percussive/stringed instruments. Interesting melody.

Track 8, Desert equinox: slow tempo, traditional sound, oud + violin combo

Track 9, Train to acco: Mellow and somber, Perc enters at 0:50. Powerful interplay of the violin and the santur.

Track 10, Niggun: Touching musical prayer interspersed with sounds recorded at the holy sites of the three faiths in Jerusalem.

Track Listing
1.Lashuv Ha-Baita/Returning He 6.Tesha
2.Points of View 7.The Waterwheel/Shaul's Zikr
3.Sababa! 8.Desert Equinox
4.The Calling 9.Train to Acco
5.Waseem's Taqasim 10.Niggun: Prayer for the Peacf