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Tibet by Gregory James Band

A re-issue of a 1983 recording, Tibet is essentially a soft suite of flute and guitar duets by guitarist Gregory James and friend Barry Shulman on the flute and other wind instruments. An album of eight original compositions, primarily from Shulman, the music hovers between World and New Age jazz.

With only two members in the band, the musicianship had to be good and it is. Shulman plays the flute exquisitely in a worldly and lofty style that at times seem to echo the howling winds from the Tibetan mountains. James on the other hand strums those chords with the grace and elegance that reveals a warm and gentle guitar.

The selection opens up with two slow and melancholy numbers "Calcutta" and "Kapoor Hotel," both of which are introduced by Shulman on flute and then joined by James on acoustic guitar. "Mountain Call" is a brief minute plus in duration while "Antares," penned by James, is the longest tune at seven minutes and forty-two seconds and while it is considered one track, the number does break temporarily on my CD player and continues as track nine. James contributes many fine riffs on acoustic, electric and synthesized guitar on this album.

All of the music seems to be cut from the same slate since, in my humble opinion, the tunes all sound like different variations of the same type of melodies. You will not find fast paced fiery material here. The music is played in a low-tempo style providing a warm, calming and spiritual feeling to the listener. Not your typical mainstream jazz sound, this is listening music to sooth the soul. If you've had a rough day at the office or there's a lot of stress in your life at the moment, Tibet offers an escape from the real world and a relaxing sensation that let's you soar above your troubles on the gentle strings of James' guitar and the subtle songs from Shulman's flute.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Gregory James Band
  • CD Title: Tibet
  • Genre: World Music
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Reissue Original Release: 1983
  • Record Label: Rogue Records
  • Tracks: Calcutta, Kapoor Hotel, Tibet, Nishad, Mountain Call, Sappho, Nepal, Antares.
  • Musicians: Gregory James ( electric, acoustic and synthesized guitars ), Barry Shulman ( flute and saxaphone ).
  • Rating: Two Stars
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