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Dreaming of Now, Shambhu's latest CD
Dreaming of Now, Shambhu’s latest CD

While Shambhu generated a tranquil new age vibe on his debut album four years ago, this time the guitarist opts for a thicker fusion sound on his sophomore effort.

This heavier jazz-rock approach is evidenced by the greater presence of electric guitar in addition to acoustic guitar, as well as more defined melodies and chord progressions.

The sound is fuller and richer, thanks especially to an abundance of horns. Shambhu also gets solid support from a stellar lineup of musicians: George Brooks on saxophone, Eugene Friesen on cello, Premik Russell Tubbs on wind instruments, Jeff Haynes on percussion, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Frank Martin on keyboards, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, and Celso Alberti on drums.

His two releases so far show Shambhu to be a varied and diverse composer and, of course, a thoughtful, creative, and fluid guitarist.

Raj Manoharan (Rajman Reviews)

Dreaming400pixelReally thankful for Michael Debbage’s review of “Dreaming of Now” at MainlyPiano.com.

Shambhu’s follow up effort shows an artist that has not only blossomed but has also formally announced himself as a ready for prime time musician. The only question is in which genre? It does not matter as Shambhu takes elements of World, Smooth Jazz, New Age and Meditative qualities to create a musical experience that you will like from start to finish making it one of 2013’s finest releases. 

Shambhu and Friends perform “Starbucks Landing” at the Global Heart Concert, Palo Alto CA – December 7 2013.  It’s a song from Shambhu’s CD “Dreaming of Now“.

Here’s the tracking list of musicians featured on Shambhu’s Dreaming of Now.

Shambhu at Fantasy Studios – where the rhythm tracks for Dreaming of Now were recorded over a two-day period.

Waterfall

Adam Muñoz and Shambhu at Fantasy Studios

Shambhu – acoustic guitar

George Brooks – soprano saxophone

Eugene Friesen – cello

Frank Martin – piano

Kai Eckhardt – bass

Celso Alberti –  percussion

 

Windows of Time

Shambhu – acoustic guitar

George Brooks – soprano saxophone

Charlie Bisharat – violin

Frank Martin – piano

Kai Eckhardt – bass

Celso Alberti –  drums

Jeff Haynes – percussion

 

Charlie Bisharat

Starbucks Landing

Shambhu – acoustic and electric guitars

George Brooks – soprano saxophone

Frank Martin – piano

Kai Eckhardt – bass

Celso Alberti –  drums

Jeff Haynes – percussion

 

Dreaming of Now

Shambhu – acoustic guitar

Premik Russell Tubbs – wind synth, flute

 

Kai Eckhardt

 

Rendezvous

Shambhu – acoustic guitar

George Brooks – soprano saxophone

Eugene Friesen – cello

Frank Martin – piano

Kai Eckhardt – bass

Celso Alberti –  drums

Jeff Haynes – percussion

 

 

 

Country Aire

George Brooks

Shambhu – acoustic guitar

Charlie Bisharat – violin

George Brooks – soprano saxophone

Frank Martin – piano

Kai Eckhardt – bass

Celso Alberti –  drums

Jeff Haynes – percussion

 

Devodance

Shambhu – acoustic guitar

Jeff Oster – flugelhorn

Eugene Friesen – cello

Frank Martin – piano

Frank Martin

Kai Eckhardt – bass

Celso Alberti –  drums

Jeff Haynes – percussion

 

Searching

Shambhu – acoustic guitars

 

Tropical Afternoon

Shambhu – acoustic guitar

George Brooks – soprano saxophone

Eugene Friesen – cello

Frank Martin – piano

Kai Eckhardt – bass

Celso Alberti –  drums

Celso Alberti

Jeff Haynes – percussion

 

Jasmine

Shambhu – acoustic guitar

George Brooks – soprano saxophone

Charlie Bisharat – violin

Frank Martin – piano

Kai Eckhardt – bass

Celso Alberti –  drums

Jeff Haynes – percussion

 

 

 

 

 

Producer Will Ackerman, Shambhu and Charlie Bisharat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanctuary

Shambhu – acoustic guitar

 

Thomas Eaton, co-producer and recording, mixing and mastering engineer.

Producers: Shambhu, Will Ackerman and Thomas Eaton.

Recording and mix engineer – Thomas Eaton

Mastered by Thomas Eaton

All songs composed and arranged by Shambhu. Copyright 2013 by Shambhu Neil Vineberg.  Published by Sacred Love Music (BMI)

 

Shambhu belongs to the generation of artists influenced by Will Ackerman’s label Windham Hill and his work as a producer, a big part of which contributed to global popularity of the New Age music genre. These artists created their own unique sounding interpretations, which differed greatly from the mystical orientation and relaxation background relaxation backgrounds of New Age.

Ackerman and his friends created a so called “American New Age” (I would even say “secular”), removing discrediting religious motives and electronics, building on live performance, and including all genres close and distant with a single goal: so that listeners would feel good and comfortable. This genre attracted real professionals with successful careers who filled charts and playlists with quality instrumental music independent of established beliefs and unbound by common practices, however not denying interest in them.

Shambhu never made it to Windham Hill, though that can be explained by his creative endeavors. As a virtuoso guitarist he worked with Whitney Houston and Santana, but his soul wanted something more. In 2010 this something became his debut album, which immediately made it to #1, won several prizes in the genre, and was loved by it’s listeners being named one of the best releases of the year.

The first album has now been replaced by a new one. Here Shambhu filled the gap by getting Ackerman to join in the role of producer and invited to the studio an unbelievable number of stars, beginning with Jeff Oster (horn), George Brooks (sax) and ending with Charlie Bisharat (violin), Frank Martin (piano) and Eugene Friesen (cello).

It worked out as a “dream team” ensemble and they have recorded one of the best albums of the year. Yes, without running ahead and hastening lines of the review, I will say exactly that. “Dreaming of Now” is an example of flawless work of the producers and studio engineer creating a feeling that these players are playing live around you, right inside your home. This creates a miraculous and welcoming atmosphere.

But above all, “Dreaming of Now” is impressive, soulful music, presenting itself an elegant and actual fusion of light jazz, blues chord, classical influences, pop and rock variations, and also typical American country, helping one imagine never ending sun-filled space symbolizing real freedom. One could also imagine or even make real a romantic date, sunset at the sea, sunrise in the mountains, and being present in a cozy sanctuary.

In a word, during the feelings of calm and relaxation this album will bring you, imagine anything you like; this album – filled with light, love and warmth of heartfelt feelings – will help you. The absolutely unparalleled pieces are “Rendezvous”, “Country Aire”, “Windows of Time,” and” Jasmine”.  Other songs are of the same quality.

In the process of creating the “second album,” Shambhu has excelled, composing and recording with a great company of friends emotional and impeccably beautiful compositions, telling simple but wise and kind stories using the universal language of music, and it feels simply very good for one’s soul.

Thanks to Albert Nazander for the Russian-English translation.  Visit Ascentor Blog for the Russian language post.

This album will help dissolve the cares of the day with the colorful array of styles and textures. Elements of jazz fusion, Indian, contemporary instrumental and New Age spark up the tracks making sure there is something for each listener to love.

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