Sunday, September 22, 2013

CD Review: Uri Sharlin And The DogCat Ensemble's 'Back To The Woods'

Uri Sharlin And The DogCat Ensemble
Back To The Woods
Folk Dune Records

Israel-native and New York-based instrumentalist, composer, and producer, Uri Sharlin, brings us an instrumental feast of nine cinematic, edgy, and jazzy tunes from around the world. With an accordion in hand, Uri presents an amalgamation of cultural influences from Latin, Middle Eastern, European, and Arabic. All the songs are instrumental and rather theatrical in production with pensive beats, jazzy solos, and rocking rhythms with plenty of percussion and pizazz. Uri is also a talent on the Wurlitzer and piano. Uri is joined by his DogCat Ensemble on bassoon, bass clarinet, guitars, bass, percussion, flute, alto flute, pandeiro, and zabumba. There are cumbia elements, plaintive moments, and avant-garde jazz, which are very approachable and sinuous. Anyone with a passion for musical instruments and world beats will love Back To The Woods. ~ Matthew Forss

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