by Damian


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If the sight of a pan flute on the front cover brings back uncomfortable memories of late-night TV ads for Zamfir albums, and if the sight of track titles like "Open Your Heart" and "Dancing Swans" on the back cover leads you to expect a program of moist new age twaddle, take this advice: grit your teeth and slip this disc in the player anyway. You'll be pleasantly surprised. Damian Draghici is no Zamfir, and his music -- though unfailingly pleasant -- is never cloyingly sweet. Well, almost never. Yes, the London Symphony Orchestra makes a few cameo appearances, but the arrangements are surprisingly tasteful and are thankfully secondary to the sturdy electronic beats and otherworldly Balkan vocals, jazzy trumpets, and other elements that make this album such a delight. There are a few missteps, like the sludgy "Habaños Days" and the rather saccharine "Bale," but those are easily outweighed by such highlight tracks as the irresistible "Open Your Heart" and the rhythmically complex "Anaconda" and "Crossroads Brothers," not to mention the abstract and downright jungly "Planet Music." It's interesting to note that while the pan pipes themselves are definitely there in the mix throughout the album, for the most part you'll likely fail to notice them unless you're listening hard. Very nice overall -- and that is meant in a good way.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2004
Label: Dharma Moon
UPC: 0827241011721
catalogNumber: 10117
Rank: 213008

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Damian   Primary Artist
John Fumo   Trumpet
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Michael Brook   Guitar
Richard Bullock   Trombone
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Luis Conte   Percussion
Ramon Flores   Trumpet
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jamey Haddad   Percussion
Frederico Ramos   Guitar
Dave Weckl   Drums
Richard Bona   Vocals
Damian Draghici   Piano,Vocals,Pan Flute/Pan Pipes
David Spear   Conductor
Sasha Lazard   Vocals
Jennifer Crestol   Vocals
Dorian Cheah   Violin

Technical Credits

Edvard Grieg   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Shardad Rohani   Orchestration
Ladd McIntosh   Orchestration
Oscar Castro-Neves   Orchestration
Dorothy Low   Cover Photo
Fred Jorio   Producer,Remixing
Dorian Cheah   Programming
Emanuele Arnone   Programming,Engineer
Damian   Composer,Producer
Steve Price   Engineer

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