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Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Sharon Isbin's friends, a combination of old and new associates, are an eclectic lot on this album, and it may seem curious that a disc featuring jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan as well as rock guitarists Steve Morse, Steve Vai, and Nancy Wilson of Heart, not to mention new age saxophonist Paul Winter, would be slated for Billboard's Traditional Classical Albums chart instead of the Classical Crossover Albums chart. The reason is that Isbin has brought her guests into her world, for the most part, rather than venturing into theirs. One exception is a reading of Heart's "Dreamboat Annie," on which Wilson not only plays but also sings a few of the lyrics usually handled by...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Sharon Isbin's friends, a combination of old and new associates, are an eclectic lot on this album, and it may seem curious that a disc featuring jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan as well as rock guitarists Steve Morse, Steve Vai, and Nancy Wilson of Heart, not to mention new age saxophonist Paul Winter, would be slated for Billboard's Traditional Classical Albums chart instead of the Classical Crossover Albums chart. The reason is that Isbin has brought her guests into her world, for the most part, rather than venturing into theirs. One exception is a reading of Heart's "Dreamboat Annie," on which Wilson not only plays but also sings a few of the lyrics usually handled by her sister Ann. Morse and Vai bring their electric guitars along and wield them in characteristic ways on Joaquín Rodrigo's Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez and Agustín Barrios-Mangoré's Allegro, respectively, but their playing really just adds color, especially Morse, who only comes in around the nine-minute mark after an extensive interplay between Isbin and Romero Lubambo. Jordan also adapts himself to Quique Sinesi's Sonidos de Aquel Dia, even if the arrangement is his. Actually, a substantial part of the album belongs to Isbin alone, and it is dominated, as may already be apparent, by Spanish material, a point hinted at in the word "Passions" in the title. For example, Isbin takes on an arrangement of Isaac Albéniz's Asturias arranged by her old teacher, Andrés Segovia, and concludes with two parts of Mangoré's La Catedral. Her major partner is Lubambo, who also joins in on a version of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Chovendo na Roseira." Still, the various guests add interesting flavors to this sampler, and an entire album with one of them might make for an interesting listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2011
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886978421920
  • Catalog Number: 784219
  • Sales rank: 773

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Porro (2:28)
  2. 2 Sonidos de Aquel Día (3:43)
  3. 3 Adagio (13:06)
  4. 4 Asturias (7:18)
  5. 5 Allegro (3:41)
  6. 6 Dreamboat Annie (4:02)
  7. 7 Alfonsina y el Mar (5:58)
  8. 8 Chovendo na roseira (3:56)
  9. 9 Carinhoso (4:11)
  10. 10 O Presidente (2:31)
  11. 11 Andante religioso (1:56)
  12. 12 Allegro solemne (3:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sharon Isbin Primary Artist, Guitar
Paul Winter Soprano Saxophone
Nancy Wilson Guitar, Vocals
Steve Morse Guitar
Steve Vai Guitar
Stanley Jordan Guitar
Romero Lubambo Guitar
Rosa Passos Vocals
Gaudencio Thiago de Mello Percussion
Technical Credits
Joaquín Rodrigo Composer
Nancy Wilson Arranger, Composer
Steve Vai Arranger
Laurindo Almeida Arranger
Carlos Barbosa-Lima Arranger
Stanley Jordan Arranger
Sharon Isbin Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
Ariel Ramírez Composer
Isaac Albéniz Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Romero Lubambo Arranger
David Merrill Engineer
Michael O'Leary Guitar Maker
Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna) Composer
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Ann Wilson Composer
David Frost Producer
Daniel Wolff Arranger
Jorge Cardoso Arranger
Rosa Passos Arranger
David Lai Executive Producer
Charlie Post Engineer
Isaiah Abolin Engineer
Laura Kszan Product Development
Jennifer Liebeskind Product Development
Quique Sinesi Composer
André Togni Engineer
Meghan Foley Art Direction
Scott Farthing Marketing
Agustín Barrios-Mangoré Composer
Gaudencio Thiago de Mello Composer
Leslie Collman-Smith Marketing
Gentil Montana Composer
Peter Barker Engineer
Gustavo Colina Arranger
Tim Martyn Engineer, Mastering
Antonius Mueller Guitar Maker
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