Sultans Of String – Christmas Caravan (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:12:44 minutes | 1,51 GB | Genre: Holiday
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Celebrate the season with an adventurous musical trip around the world! 3x JUNO Award nominees/3x CFMA winners Sultans of String’s new recording features band originals, world-music inspired classics, and seasonal favourites to warm your heart on a cold winter’s night.
From fiery fiddle tunes to a Caribbean sleigh ride, this surprising and delightful holiday fiesta heats up when Sultans of String bring their signature sound to well known gems such as Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, The Huron Carol (with newly-translated Indigenous lyrics), a djembe-driven Little Drummer Boy, a Feliz Navidad ska party, Kwanzaa with Richard Bona, a Turkish twist on Greensleeves, as well as a Gypsy-jazz inspired Django Christmas, and a Rumba Flamenca-fuelled Jingle Bells.
Extraordinary special guests include Grammy and JUNO winners Alex Cuba, Anwar Khurshid, Benoit Bourque (La Bottine Souriante), Crystal Shawanda, David Charrier, a Turkish string collective Gündem Yayli Grubu, Luba Mason, Mary Fahl (October Project), Nikki Yanofsky, Paddy Moloney (The Cheiftains), Rebecca Campbell, Richard Bona, Ruben Blades, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Waleed Abdulhamid, as well as the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
At the core of the band’s sound is Chris McKhool’s (Jesse Cook, Pavlo) bold and fiery fiddle, melded seamlessly with founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s (Jesse Cook) rumba rhythm– together their musical synergy created Sultans of String’s signature sound ? the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar. Added to this rich foundation are bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk), guitar wizard Eddie Paton, Cuban percussion master Rosendo Chendy Leon (Alex Cuba).
01 – Turkish Greensleeves
02 – Sing for Kwanzaa
03 – Jesous Ahatonhia (Huron Carol)
04 – The Little Swallow / Al Vuelo
05 – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
06 – Flight of Angels / Hark the Herald
07 – Little Drummer Boy
08 – Celebrate the Holydays
09 – Niel Gow’s Lament / Rakes of Mallow / Rouge River Valley
10 – Jingle Bells / Auyuittuq Sunrise
11 – The Christmas Song
12 – A Django Christmas
13 – Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes / Cootes Paradise Reel
14 – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
15 – Silent Night
16 – Himalayan Sleigh Ride
17 – Hallelujah
18 – Feliz Navidad / Come on People Sing