The View from Here

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
As the tendency in contempoland is for an artist to stick with an identifiable angle and milk it throughout a long career, it's gratifying to uncover the diverse likes of Artie Traum. On his colorful travelogue The View from Here, the guitarist winds down divergent yet concurrent roads, darting in all sorts of innovative directions with the nylon- and steel-string guitars, often on the same cut. Unlike his peers who play it safe with simple, straightforward melodies and little invention, Traum uses many of the tunes as springboards of breezy improvisation, taking on worldbeat challenges ranging from American soul to Latin to Brazilian. Crisp and precise though his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
As the tendency in contempoland is for an artist to stick with an identifiable angle and milk it throughout a long career, it's gratifying to uncover the diverse likes of Artie Traum. On his colorful travelogue The View from Here, the guitarist winds down divergent yet concurrent roads, darting in all sorts of innovative directions with the nylon- and steel-string guitars, often on the same cut. Unlike his peers who play it safe with simple, straightforward melodies and little invention, Traum uses many of the tunes as springboards of breezy improvisation, taking on worldbeat challenges ranging from American soul to Latin to Brazilian. Crisp and precise though his playing is, Traum also enjoys his production duties, texturing around his strings a wide array of ideas beyond the usual sax -- most notably, powerful piano solos check out Diego Spitaleri on the wild "Horses" and flute spins. Dean Sharp's exotic percussion rivals George Jinda's in terms of scope and breadth, most notably on the hypnotic trio piece "Dark Passage." Traum's only apparent flaw is an overuse of vocals; "Allora Si" with Michael Franks is lush and romantic, but a political stance on the Amazon comes across as contrived. Hopefully it won't distract anyone from this highly rewarding sojourn.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/1996
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351501622
  • Catalog Number: 5016

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mysterious Stranger (4:21)
  2. 2 Superwoman (4:06)
  3. 3 The Passenger (3:47)
  4. 4 Abracadabra (4:08)
  5. 5 Ferry To Panarea (5:32)
  6. 6 Bermuda Triangle (5:04)
  7. 7 Amazon, River Of Dreams (5:17)
  8. 8 The View Form Here (5:28)
  9. 9 Allora Si (3:50)
  10. 10 Dark Passage (2:17)
  11. 11 Horses (4:42)
  12. 12 Monte And Heather (2:19)
  13. 13 Eclipse In Ibiza (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Artie Traum Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Robbie Dupree Vocals, Background Vocals
Warren Bernhardt Piano
Michael Franks Vocals
Steve Swallow Bass
David Sancious Keyboards
Gabriela Anders Vocals, Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Peter Bunetta Drums
Larry Hoppen Background Vocals
Mark Hunter Bass
Debbie Lan Piano, Background Vocals, Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Tony Levin Bass
Tom Mark Keyboards
Vinnie Martucci Piano, Strings
Diego Spitaleri Piano
Neal Wilkinson Drums
Josh Colow Electric Guitar, Vocals
Eugene Ruffolo Background Vocals
Sebastiano Alioto Drums
Tom Aron Percussion
Ron Finck Flute, Saxophone
Fabio Lannino Bass
Dean Sharp Dumbek, Bells, Surdo, Djembe, Shaker, Tibetan Bells, Agogo Bell
Technical Credits
Artie Traum Producer
Steve Morse Composer
Harvey Jones Arranger, keyboard arrangements
Kevin Koch Programming, drum programming
Tom Mark Producer, Engineer
Vinnie Martucci Arranger, keyboard arrangements
Fabio Lannino Executive Producer
Jeff Heiman Executive Producer
Robert Frazza Engineer
Steve Hillier Composer
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