Amadeus on the Nile
What a soundtrack to modern life! This is quite a gem of a record and a hard one to classify. From it's lush soul full orchestral forays to cool trip hop with transcendent ambient moments it flows seamlessly "down the Nile" so to speak. Each song is embedded with revelatory moments as if some sort of critical mass is achieved through skill and talent. The cello soars in the hands of Martin Tillman and Tom Vedvik provides almost a magical sonic landscape. Plenty of kind words appraised some of this material in it's previous incarnation which is no longer available. It was released on Patrick Leonard's (producer of Madonna and Pink Floyd) short-lived label Unitone, this time with the additional songs it's even better. Several songs were used in the Michael Mann film "Ali" and other songs have been used during the Olympics and in several television soundtracks. Tillman is the cellist of choice in Hollywood after all and have played on over 200 film scores! He just finished up "Pirates of Caribbean 3". He also performs his cello magic on some select shows with Elton John, like Elton's 60th' birthday celebration shows in Madison Square Garden last month and Wembley Stadium this summer. Luckily this material has been given a new life with this release and with great additional tracks like "tirego" and the starkly beautiful "blue ride" it's a must have for all soundtrack aficionados. "Amadeus on The Nile" also have stellar performances of several top musicians like guitarist Gregg Arreguin (who played with Seal, k.d lang and Jon Hassell) and famed Cuban percussionist Louis Conte and more, it's quite a find and by far exceeds all expectations!