World Cafe

World Cafe

by Shahin & Sepehr
     
 
Because the acoustic guitar duo of Shahin Shahida and Sepehr Haddad appeals to the smooth jazz/NAC market, some world music enthusiasts have been inclined to dismiss the Iranian/Persian musicians (now living in the United States) as lightweights. But they deserve a lot more credit than that. In terms of creativity, World Cafe and

Overview

Because the acoustic guitar duo of Shahin Shahida and Sepehr Haddad appeals to the smooth jazz/NAC market, some world music enthusiasts have been inclined to dismiss the Iranian/Persian musicians (now living in the United States) as lightweights. But they deserve a lot more credit than that. In terms of creativity, World Cafe and other instrumental Shahin & Sepehr discs are superior to most of the recordings that American NAC stations have played in the '90s and 2000s. Given the generally low standards that NAC radio has had for so long, perhaps that isn't saying much; some of the knee-jerk Kenny G. clones who find their way to the FM dial really are abysmal and downright embarrassing. But Shahin & Sepehr -- whose forte is an instrumental blend of Middle Eastern music, Spanish flamenco, smooth jazz, and new age -- are genuinely creative. Much of the original material on this CD bears that out, as do unlikely instrumental arrangements of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" and Eden Ahbez's haunting "Nature Boy" (a major hit for Nat King Cole in the late '40s). If you're going to embrace well-known songs, it's best to bring something different to the table; otherwise, what's the point? And to their credit, Shahin & Sepehr manage to put a fresh spin on both "Wild World" and "Nature Boy." There are also a few pedestrian, forgettable tracks; on occasion, Shahin & Sepehr end up sounding formulaic and contrived. But overall, World Cafe gives listeners a favorable impression of the acoustic guitarists. If World Cafe is part of smooth jazz, it's smooth jazz with a difference -- most of the time, anyway.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/1998
Label:
Higher Octave
UPC:
0724384589127
catalogNumber:
45891

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shahin & Sepehr   Primary Artist
William Aura   Voices
Randy Tico   Fretless Bass Guitar
3rd Force   Voices
Craig Dobbin   Piano
Alain Eskinasi   Bass,Percussion,Chimes,Drums
Sepehr Haddad   Rhythm Guitar,Classical Guitar
Richard Hardy   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Sepehr   Strings,Rhythm Guitar,Classical Guitar
Shahin Shahida   Clarinet,Guitar,Strings,Trumpet,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Oboe,spanish guitar
Anvar   Vocals
Arlene Bonilla   Background Vocals
Moon Jewad   Bass,Background Vocals
Wes Crawford   Percussion,Drums
Michael Bard   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,spanish guitar,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

William Aura   Producer
Shahin & Sepehr   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
3rd Force   Producer
Dominic Camardella   Engineer
Alain Eskinasi   Producer
Sepehr Haddad   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,String Arrangements,keyboard arrangements
Matt Marshall   Executive Producer
Dan Selene   Executive Producer
Sepehr   Producer,Orchestration,Horn Arrangements,keyboard arrangements
Shahin Shahida   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Robert Fisher   Art Direction
Maria Ehrenreich   Producer,Production Director

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