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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/1998
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • UPC: 724384589127
  • Catalog Number: 45891

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Florian's Cafe (4:24)
  2. 2 Ode to a Friend (4:50)
  3. 3 One Passion Dance (4:21)
  4. 4 Cafe L.A. (4:26)
  5. 5 Letters from Vienna (1:57)
  6. 6 Nature Boy (3:46)
  7. 7 Manhattan Matador (4:18)
  8. 8 Call from Kashan (3:43)
  9. 9 Wild World (1:05)
  10. 10 Soul Mate (3:38)
  11. 11 A Persian Secret (1:20)
  12. 12 Midnight at the Basilica (5:33)
  13. 13 Return to Manhattan (4:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shahin & Sepehr Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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, Mastering
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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