Live in Concert
(independent, 2008)

If you haven't heard of Bowfire, it's a group of 10 of the world's top fiddle players in every genre from classical to Chinese.

The project was conceived by Lenny Solomon, one of the world's top jazz violinists, who also directs and arranges for the tour. The group has just finished a mostly sold-out U.S. tour and this CD is just a taste of what it's like being there.

What I am most impressed with is the sound quality of this CD. For a live recording, the rendition of the strings sounds particularly good on everything from my laptop to my car stereo. Even if you don't care for live music, you will hear so little of the audience -- only applause at the end of the tracks -- that you will lose yourself in the joy of the music and just want to listen.

"The Line" is one of the few vocal tracks among the 16 tracks and it's my favorite. Listening to the CD is like taking a world tour; from exotic "Klezmir" to a jazzy version of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" to a folky "Orange Blossom Special" you're going to find something you like on this CD.

review by
Becky Kyle

2 August 2008

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