Spiritual Spiritual

Spiritual Spiritual

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by B-Tribe
     
 
B-Tribe, the nom de disco of enigmatic German producer and Ibiza resident Claus Zundel, returns with another set of romantic, classics-invoking soundscapes and sexy, down-tempo beats. The flamenco-charged Spiritual! Spiritual! could have just as easily been dubbed "Sultry! Sultry!" Guitarist Paco Fernandez offers searing solos throughout the album, but like

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B-Tribe, the nom de disco of enigmatic German producer and Ibiza resident Claus Zundel, returns with another set of romantic, classics-invoking soundscapes and sexy, down-tempo beats. The flamenco-charged Spiritual! Spiritual! could have just as easily been dubbed "Sultry! Sultry!" Guitarist Paco Fernandez offers searing solos throughout the album, but like Zundel, he keeps the emotions smoldering and the passions curbed. Mark Smith Jr. adds the lonely, noble tones of trumpet and flugelhorn on "Sketches of St. Antoni" and the famous "Matador de Sa Pena," by Joaquin Rodrigo. B-Tribe quotes from Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor, using just the tragic opening theme; here, Fernandez handles the variations while Zundel maintains the somber, steady beat. Gregorian chants haunt the album, offering both touches of spirituality and repression. "She Moves Through the Fair" adds Celtic-flavored innocence, and B-Tribe sparks the energy with an innovative combo of bongos and palmas. Languid yet dry, scorching yet as cool as Miles Davis, Spiritual! Spiritual! keeps you poised on the precipice of passion.

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Though Higher Octave Music has branched out into many different genres in its 15-year existence, the label was launched as a new age venture with numerous meditation-minded releases. B-Tribe's label debut combines this dreamy, floating vibe of relaxation with pleasant melodies and worldbeat touches reminiscent of the label's catalog in that genre. Think John Serrie with a few exotic brushes from Ottmar Liebert. Claus Zundel, the mastermind behind this appealing sound, recorded this effort in Ibiza, Spain, and Miami, and so it's no surprise that many of the tracks incorporate the mystical, exotic flamenco guitar weavings of Paco Fernandez. The "Intro" finds Fernandez noodling as if in search of a theme as a wash of synth mood and spacy energy wafts into the background. "Adagio in G-Minor" is a slow, brooding seduction that begins purely atmospheric but then incorporates a dreamy guitar melody. On "La Guitarra," there is a blend of low and high acoustic guitar lines with a soaring wordless female vocal moving in and out in the background. "Sketches of St. Antoni" features the lazy flügelhorn of Mark Smith, and sounds like a sweet little outtake from a Chris Botti project. The tempo pretty much stays at the meditational pace throughout, sometimes (as on "Sunset in San Carlos") drawing upon combinations of Eastern textures and medieval church flavors. Definitely soothing.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2001
Label:
Higher Octave
UPC:
0724381092026
catalogNumber:
10920

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Spiritual Spiritual 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is so relaxing . . .the title says it all . . . . give it a try!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Spiritual ! Spiritual !" may be, hands down, the most exquisite and seriously sensual music we've ever owned - and we have a rather large collection. B-Tribe is nothing short of incredible - if you adore the very best of classical guitar and Gregorian chant. Try this CD. It's a brilliantly artistic piece of pure pleasure and an investment in relaxation, de-stressing the body and mind! We take this when we travel. In fact, we "don't leave home without it." (Yes. It really is that good!)