Sidiki Camara - calabash, djembe, congas, percussion, vocals
Vinicius Cantuaria - electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, drums, percussion
Christos Govetas - oud, vocals, bouzouki
Greg Leisz - slide guitars, pedal steel guitar
Jenny Scheinman - violin
recording and mixing engineer: Tucker Martine
recorded at Studio Litho, Seattle
mixed at Different Fur Recording, San Francisco
mastering by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City
(2004 Grammy nominee for Best World Music) All Compositions by Bill Frisell (Friz-Tone Music/BMI) except: "Baba Drame" by Boubacar Traore, published by Labei Bleu (SACEM); "Procissao" by Gilberto Gil, published by BMG Arabella (BMI); "The Young Monk," traditional; "Yala" by Christos Govetas, published by Govetas Music (ASCAP); "Perritos" by Vinicius Cantuaria, published by Tucuma Publishing (BMI)
THE INTERCONTINENTALS REVIEWS
"A remarkable achievement - a hybrid that somehow both respects and transcends the styles involved..... with a sort of earthy, relaxed feeling - it's country music from the global village." - Washington Post
"Perhaps what's called for is a new kind of world music, one that truly represents an openhearted meeting of the minds from radically disparate culturesâ€¦. The experiment has been ongoing in pop for decades, but rarely has it reached the level of synthesis achieved in a unique new recording by jazz guitarist Bill Frisell .
On The Intercontinentals, Frisell ranges more widely than ever before. The global cast weave potentially incongruent musical traditions and styles into a virtually seamless, silken tapestry. Through it all threads Frisell's weeping and sighing guitar lines and judiciously manipulated electronic loops and effects. Without diluting the potency of the various elements -- indeed, individual tracks take on dominant cultural identities â€¦.. it insinuates itself into your consciousness with a wondrously light touch." - S.F. Gate
"As diverse a lineup as any musical globalist could wish for, and it's not surprising the group's efforts are virtually indefinable, sometimes surfacing with a floating African feeling, sometimes recalling down-home American country music, at other times -- especially in the vocal numbers with Cantuaria and Govetas -- finding the compatible vibrations between Africa and the New World. But nothing is predictable, and the great beauty of this album is the consistent surprises it offers." - Los Angeles Times
"This is a close, disciplined record, pregnant with thought and difficult things made to sound simple. Played quietly it ripples prettily. Crank it up and you hear all manner of extraordinary things going on in the torque generated by oud, fiddle, pedal-steel, electric and acoustic guitars. 'Good Old People' is about as beautiful as three rotated arpeggios can be when you subject them to a sequence of highly textured melodic variations. The press of oud on electric guitar in 'YÃ¡la' borders on the thrilling. Put it this way, Miles Davis will be tuning in. - The Independent UK
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AMAZON.COM -EDITORIAL REVIEW
BARNES & NOBLE-REVIEW
The combined timbres of a studio full of stringed instruments (various plucked and strummed guitars, wavy lap and pedal steels, ancestral oud and sustained violin), human voices (Portuguese, Malian and wordless) and delicate percussion create a curious texture that leaves lots of room for fresh improvisational and compositional ideas.
Beautifully recorded and produced by Lee Townsend, all the tracks on The Intercontinentals meld together nicely into a whole. Between-tune segues - which often utilize electronic loops - contribute to the flow.