From the outset the captivating thing about Live Ambiance's self-titled debut is the haunting Fender Rhodes electric piano fused with flute and Balkan vocalese. Perhaps listeners should try and think of some of Bela Bartok's ethnomusicological work, where he spent time recording folk melodies in the Balkans and then cataloged these recording for further research and compositional ideas, and mix that with some kind of light and sentimental jazz or lounge music à la Air's Moon Safari or Wes Montgomery's Movin' Wes. At the same time, though, there are tracks on this recording that get down to a strange hybrid of smooth jazz and real jazz fused with sultry female vocals. This recording is eclectic, and a diagram tracing the family tree of Western and non-Western music is really necessary to accurately follow the musical lineage that Live Ambiance has managed to capture on this recording and throughout their other works. This is a fine recording and one that anybody with an interest in jazz and world music would both enjoy and appreciate.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Borghi