Hemispheres [Bonus Track]

Hemispheres [Bonus Track]

by Dan Siegel
     
 
Since the advent of adult contemporary music, no single release defines the genre's sugary joys better than Dan Siegel's 1987 classic Northern Nights. Gems like "Rhapsody" pretty much set the tone for what instrumental pop music and contemporary jazz are all about, and still get airplay on the diet jazz stations years later. Siegel, who started doing this type

Overview

Since the advent of adult contemporary music, no single release defines the genre's sugary joys better than Dan Siegel's 1987 classic Northern Nights. Gems like "Rhapsody" pretty much set the tone for what instrumental pop music and contemporary jazz are all about, and still get airplay on the diet jazz stations years later. Siegel, who started doing this type of music long before it was en vogue (circa 1980), has felt somewhat constrained by all the expectations. Over the years, he's grown disillusioned with the limits of the adult contemporary format, and has longed to expand beyond the fluff and into some true exotica. The result is Hemispheres, one of his most original and intriguing discs. A smorgasbord of world music sounds, beats, and textures, the collection allows the composer to keep a lower profile on the keyboard and keep the focus on some very unique all-star instrumental collaborations, including the title cut's violin (Charlie Bisharat), koto (Osamu Kitajima), Sitar, and shakuhachi. The smooth, tropical "Homeland" features steel pan (Andy Narell), banjo (Béla Fleck), and harmonica. Dori Caymmi's sitar, Peter White's accordion, Rick Braun's trumpet, Boney James' sax, and the koto combine on the hypnotic "Ancient Footsteps." "Stix & Stones" finds Siegel in a percussive groove under Narell, Fleck, and Bisharat. There's also an explosive acoustic-meets-electric-string-fusion with Richard Smith, Ottmar Liebert, and a mandolin; and finally, a flute and bagpipe extravaganza. And that doesn't even cover the pleasant vocal track, sung by Kelly Coleman. [The album's bonus track edition included "Rainbow Sky," with vocals by Terri Nunn.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2003
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206647129
catalogNumber:
066471

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dan Siegel   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Background Vocals,Sampling
Osamu Kitajima   Koto
Ottmar Liebert   Acoustic Guitar
Masakazu Yoshizawa   Flute,Shakuhachi
Dori Caymmi   Guitar,Vocals
Andy Narell   Steel Pan
Peter White   Accordion
John Bilezikjian   Bazouki
Terri Nunn   Vocals,Background Vocals
Boney James   Soprano Saxophone
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Rick Braun   Trumpet
Luis Conte   Percussion
Randy Drake   Cymbals,Drums
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Allen Hinds   Guitar
Tony Karasek   Sitar
Jeff Kashiwa   Saxophone
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Mike Marshall   Mandolin
Tom McCauley   Fretless Bass Guitar
Richard Smith   Electric Guitar
Roberto Vally   Acoustic Bass
Eric Rigler   uillean pipes
Kelly Coleman   Vocals
Tollak Ollstad   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Cary E. Mansfield   Reissue Producer
Tom McCauley   Engineer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Dan Siegel   Arranger,Producer,Reissue Producer
Jonathan Widran   Liner Notes

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