Sheldon Sands

Dead Sea Strolls

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The title of Sheldon Sands's 2003 release, DEAD SEA STROLLS, is quite apt. This Middle Eastern-based music evokes a timeless quality that gives the music the ancient authority of a biblical document. Yet the pun in the title is well taken. There is a leisurely pace to these compositions; Sands takes his time, clearly enjoying his guest collaborators and the multicultural infusion that ensues, while adding contemporary touches informed by 21st century jazz and worldbeat aesthetics. Like the photo that adorns the cover of the CD (it depicts Sands walking barefoot across a sand dune), DEAD SEA STROLLS is a walk through an alluring and exotic musical Sahara. This deeply moving music (replete with pulsing percussion, floating flutes, and an assortment of indigenous instruments) marks the meeting of East and West, and the synthesis of the ancient and the modern.

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