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Soothe

by Shambhu

SOOTHE is a musical journey into the stillness and beauty of my inner experience The songs express spontaneously like Nature with organic rhythms and flows. Enjoy SOOTHE as a background or foreground to inspire your own reflections and calm.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Knowingness
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2. Time Travel
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3. Days Like Falling Stars
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4. Devotion Tears
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5. Prelude 2
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6. Through New Eyes
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7. Gaia Sweet Divine
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8. Soothe
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9. Walking Through a Dream
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Shambhu is a consummate artist, at once precise, skilled, sensitive and inventive way beyond the norm. SOOTHE overflows with inspired compositions and exquisite performances. Each track offers its own journey within, bringing reverence for the earth, a vast rainbow of imagery, and cosmic spaces opening inward while reaching high to the heavens.”
~Lloyd Barde, Music Reviewer, COMMON GROUND Magazine

"A PERFECTION IN MOTION! Feel the 'heart-energy' listening to SOOTHE! The combination of peaceful, heart-stirring compositions, and superb musicians matched with exceptional, state-of-the-art silky smooth recording technology -- all totals a winning recipe in my book." ~Bruce BecVar ('The Magic of Healing' with Deepak Chopra)

PRODUCED BY: Shambhu and Todd Boston

FEATURES:
Shambhu - acoustic, electric guitars, voice, 6-string ukulele, e-marimba, e-sitar, e-pads
Paul McCandless - english horn, soprano sax • paulmccandless.com (3, 8)
Michael Manring - bass - manthing.com
Ravichandra Kulur - bansuri flute • fluteravi.com (4, 8)
Premik Russell Tubbs - soprano sax, wind synth • premik.com (1, 2, 8)
George Brooks - soprano sax • georgebrooks.com (6)
Kristin Hoffmann – voice • kristinhoffmann.com (4)
Frank Martin - keyboards - frankmartinproductions.com
Jeff Haynes - percussion - jeffhaynes.com
Gurumurthy V – table (4, 8)
Todd Boston – slide guitar • toddboston.com (1)

Copyright 2016 by Shambhu Neil Vineberg

Shambhu exploded onto the contemporary instrumental music scene in 2010 with his acclaimed #1 release, “Sacred Love”. He followed up with “Dreaming of Now,” which earned him a ZMR Music Award (2013) for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

An accomplished guitarist and composer, Shambhu expresses himself through a blend of folk, Indian and jazz styles. His music emerges in quiet introspection. His touch evokes delicate yet intricate expressions of nuance and subtlety. His performances are deeply engaging and provide audiences an experience that some have described as “magical”, “a journey” and “opening a space within”.

Shambhu has performed or recorded with noted artists such as Paul McCandless, Carlos Santana, Premik Tubbs, Tony Levin, George Brooks, Kai Eckhardt, Michael Manring, Eugene Friesen, Narada Michael Walden, and Ravichandra Kulur.

Shambhu is featured on Jeff Oster's Next, Ricochet – The Echoes Living Room Concerts (Vol 20), two Will Ackerman compilations, The Gathering II, and The Gathering I (ZMR Award for "Best Album of the Year"), The Guitar - The Best of New Age Reviews, and on Ann Licater's Doorway to a Dream. He recorded on Whitney Houston’s multi-platinum album, Whitney.

Shambhu plays Taylor Guitars.


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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Soothe" is the third album from guitar maestro Shambhu. Co-produced by Todd Boston, the album features eight original tracks and an innovative arrangement of one of George Gershwin’s Preludes. An impressive team of supporting musicians includes Paul McCandless, Michael Manring, Premik Russell Tubbs, Ravichandra Kulur, Jeff Haynes and Kristin Hoffmann. In an email conversation, Shambhu told me: “This one has a few more years of growth, explorations and a more stressed world needing heartfelt beauty and calm that music delivers so wonderfully.” In a recent interview, he mentioned that he recorded "Soothe" as “a peaceful aural antidote” to the anxiety he’s felt among his friends since the November election. “Music is a universal language that connects us regardless of politics.” I couldn’t agree more!

Shambhu is a lifelong musician who has performed and created music in a broad range of genres and with a who’s who of musicians from around the world. That experience gives him a sound that is difficult to categorize - always a good thing, I think! Jazz influences are often present, but so are world music, folk music, classical, and rock. It’s a broad palette that Shambhu uses, telling colorful stories that come from the heart of the composer to the heart of the listener. Saying that music is “peaceful” can sometimes mean that the music is best-suited to be in the background or to induce sleep, but that isn’t the case here. This music has strength and “soul” as well as substance to sink your musical teeth into. Sure, it’s wonderful background music, too, but give your ears and mind a treat by really listening to it!

"Soothe" begins with “Knowingness,” a smooth, graceful piece that features Shambhu on acoustic guitar, Ravichandra Kulur on bamboo flute and the haunting, wordless vocals of Kristin Hoffmann - a wonderful opening that sets the tone for the album. Sax great Premik Russell Tubbs helps to give “Time Travel” wings along with electric and acoustic guitars, and keyboard - soothing yet energizing. “Days Like Falling Stars” is a favorite with soulful guitars interwoven with the artistry of Paul McCandless on soprano sax. Gershwin’s bluesy “Prelude 2” is mostly a duet for guitar and sax (George Brooks). Slow, dark and slinky, it’s another favorite. “Gaia Sweet Divine” is the first single from the album and features the beautiful vocals of Kristin Hoffmann, who co-wrote the song. The title track is a gentle mind massage with guitars and washes of atmospheric color as well as Hoffmann’s wordless vocals. “Walking Through a Dream” returns to more of a smooth jazz vibe with Tubbs on sax and Frank Martin on keyboards, bringing this excellent album to a tranquil close.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see "Soothe" become Shambhu’s second ZMR “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” award (he won in 2013 for his second album, Dreaming of Now). Very highly recommended!
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Steve Sheppard

Review by One World Music Radio
I have fond memories of Shambhu’s last release, Dreaming of Now, it came at a time when I need a slice of calmness in my life, and after passing through that storm I now sit on my veranda in the sunshine, under the shade of a palm tree in Eden, and prepare to listen to his latest album Soothe.
I can honestly say that this album suits my moment perfectly, and the opening piece is a fine example of pure magical musical construction as you would ever wish to find. The realm of Soothe starts with the blissful Knowingness, a track of total awareness, that is peace filled and so very warming to listen to, apart from the artist genius on guitar, pay special attention to the incredible Premik Russell Tubbs whose soprano sax is sumptuous and the floating ethereal vocals of Kristin Hoffman that are equally delicious.
There was a really charming sense of movement on the piece Time Travel, Shambhu really showed his class on guitar on this composition. The more I listened, the more I felt I was truly being pulled from one musical moment in time to another. This is what I would term as a clever track and the narrative created here by the musician was most appealing, and also very light in its overall feeling. This is one of those pieces you just can’t help but like.
The next offering has a title that would be perfect for an album header, Days Like Falling Stars, and this sparklingly delicate, but intricate composition is as soft as it is soothing. You will find something extra special in this arrangement, as it features the work of Paul McCandless, whose brilliance is featured twice on the album, with performances on both English horn and soprano sax. His partnership on this piece with Shambhu is simply outstanding.
On Devotion Tears we have something very moving, and when you add the slide guitar of Todd Boston into the mix you are of course going to have a total winner of a track. The tempo of this piece is perfection and the partnership creates a sense of expansion to the track, one that feels like your heart is literally opening up to the arrangement.
Through the offering Prelude 2, we have one of the finest pieces off the album that offers the listener a real mixture of styles, ranging from smooth jazz, to blues and back to new age ambience. The guitars of the master here (acoustic and electric) were amazingly graphic and sensually fluent, add to that the soprano sax of George Brooks and you have a perfect eclectic musical gift.
Through New Eyes has such a delicate texture about its initial construction; it was simply a blessing to listen to. The build and progression of this piece really deserves to be listened to multiple times, as you really don’t want to miss any of the intricate nuances in it. A tip of the hat must go to the wonderful Bansuri flute performance of Ravichandra Kulur in this composition.
We now move onwards into the deeper regions of the album and come across a real global fusion of a piece called Gaia’s Sweet Divine. I must admit the name of Kristin Hoffman was new to me, but no more and I must applaud her work on vocals on this track, add to that the almost Ian Anderson styled performance from Ravichandra Kulur and the vibrant percussive work of Jeff Haynes, yes, you have found my personal favourite on the album, a totally outstanding performance by all, and what a wonderfully powerful composition to revel in.
I must admit a secret, my favourite moment on any album is usually the title track, so here it is, its Soothe and for me, I look to this piece for the artist to express himself and the entire concept of the album on a musical canvas. Shambhu has not only taken that opportunity, but has completely blown me away with the performance, a real mixture of moods can be found from him right here, a little emotional lilt is also partnered by an undeniably consistent and classy performance by Michael Manring on bass.
So our last port of call, our last sojourn, our last gift from Shambhu is a lush and sweet piece called Walking Through a Dream. This smooth jazz ending gives us the ever happy and eager listener a perfect ending to an album that is so chilled and laid back, even the passing clouds would drift off into a peaceful reverie to it.
Shambhu has brought together a super group of musicians here to aid his cause and he has been ultra-successful in the outcome. I have listened to many albums this year, but this is one that will stand out as my go to release if I just want to be chilled, sit by (or in) my pool, or just enjoy a glass of wine and be forever grateful that artists like Shambhu and albums like Soothe have been manifested into my reality for me to literally give myself to and be calm within.
Soothe by Shambhu is a slice of musical class, it’s an amalgamation of quality artists who clearly have one thing in common, the drive, the purpose to create music that is top of its class. Shambhu’s undeniably skilful performance on the album is truthfully the best I have heard this year, as a guitarist he is supremely smooth and sublimely confident. This is one album you really have to have in your collection.
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