Closing the Distance: Poems, Prayers and Love Songs

Closing the Distance: Poems, Prayers and Love Songs

by Alisa Fineman


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Closing the Distance: Poems, Prayers and Love Songs

There's no doubting the talent Alisa Fineman's assembled for this release: Alex de Grassi and Michael Manring are just two of the names helping her out. Their skill and style ensure strong arrangements and a marvelously polished sound. But it also removes all the rawness and grit, giving an evenness to everything, with carefully overlaid layers of vocals and everything just so on this set of mostly traditional Jewish material. Fineman herself is a good singer who knows how to use her voice to great effect, singing in Hebrew, Ladino, and Arabic. The musicians, meanwhile, are eminently tasteful, never overplaying, and leaving plenty of air on the songs. In other words, it's impossible to fault, and it is a good album. But at times it simply seems too polite and lacking in the fire and passion that brings music alive.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/12/2004
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0783707868820
catalogNumber: 5637202238
Rank: 279178

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alisa Fineman   Primary Artist,Harmonium,Vocal Harmony
Bill Douglas   Bass,Chinese Flute
Michael Manring   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Ian Dogole   Cymbals,Cajon,Udu
Quique Cruz   Charango
Vince Delgado   Dumbek
Shira Kammen   Violin,Vielle
Shabda Khan   Vocals
Paul Machlis   Piano,Keyboards
Norbert Stachel   Bass Flute,Piccolo,Ney,Native American Flute,Tibetan Flutes
Alex de Grassi   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Kaila Flexer   Violin
Aaron Lewis   Flute
Jon Evans   Bass
Kimball Hurd   Mandola
Tim Rayborn   Taragat,finger cymbals,Sehtar
Tom Shader   Bass
Barry Phillips   Cello

Technical Credits

Spencer Brewer   Engineer
Flory Jagoda   Composer
Alisa Fineman   Arranger,Composer
Vince Delgado   Contributor
Alex de Grassi   Arranger,Engineer,Author,Audio Production
Justin Mayer   Engineer
Neil Harris   Engineer
Hannah Senesh   Composer
Nira Chen   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Georges Lammam   Translation Assistant
Susan Glaser   Graphic Design
David Landon   Engineer
Tim Rayborn   Contributor
Max Janowski   Composer

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