Cosmopoly [Bonus Disc]
A cosmopolitan person is a citizen of the world, and harpist Andreas Vollenweider certainly is that. In his long, rich musical career, Vollenweider has immersed himself in music from around the globe. On COSMOPOLY, he skims off the cream, with the help of some distinguished musical friends. A stellar lineup of vocalists includes the playfully acrobatic Bobby McFerrin, the hushed Brazilian romance of Milton Nascimento, the heartbreaking soulfulness of Dijvan Gasparyan (who also plays the Armenian duduk), and the bittersweet overdubs of Carly Simon on "Your Silver Key." Carlos Núñez's low whistle adds soulful warmth to "Morning Poem." There's a jazzy feel to many of the pieces. Check out the extraordinary dialogue between harp and piano (played by Abdullah Ibrahim) on "Ancient Pulse," the hip bass and drum groove (courtesy of Walter Keiser) on "Stella," and the moody yet cool trombone improvisations (a gift of trombonist Ray Anderson) on "Wil-o'-the Wisp." A few tracks feature Vollenweider's evocative compositions for Chinese instruments, while "Petit Smile" keys in on the saucy nature of the Basque accordion, played here by Kepa Junkera. The Solas String Quartet is featured on two tracks, the romantically intriguing "Vas del Sur" and "Long Road to You." Vollenweider is a gracious host throughout the album. This bon vivant of the harp can get a syncopated swing going, even in a dirge ("Hush, My Heart, Be Still"), and instills a warm glow to everything he plays.