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COSMOPOLY

Andreas Vollenweider

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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Morning Poem (1:12)
2. Stella (5:18)
3. Elle Chelle (3:13)
4. Vals Del Sur (3:32)
5. Hush, My Heart, Be Still (5:42)
6. Petit Smile (1:54)
7. Under One Moon (4:55)
8. Ancient Pulse (4:01)
9. Peachtree Valley (3:35)
10. Bright Moon, Still Shining ... (1:06)
11. At The Forest Fountain (6:08)
12. Your Silver Key (1:55)
13. Long Road To You (2:40)
14. Capriccio (2:00)
15. Will-O'-The-Wisp (Ignus Fatuus) (3:56)
16. Cor Do Amor (2:35)
17. The Fishbirdtree -- Little Snap (4:03)

Total time 57:45

Bonus CD from 1999 Swiss SE:
- Annex 1 The World Music Sessions :
1. Mountain Song (3:55)
2. Under One Moon (1:12)
3. Meander (2:46)
4. Flora (4:37)
5. Momento ! (3:52)
6. Jour De Fte (1:16)
7. Whitespread Wings (4:14)
- Annex 2 The Jazz Sessions :
8. Erl-King (3:43)
9. Secret Garden (3:52)
10. Li'l Limba (3:53)
11. The Dispute (0:49)
12. Walk And Talk (4:15)
13. Blues With Ray (3:45)

Total time 42:09

Bonus CD from 2005 reissue:
1. Li'l Limba (3:54)
2. Mountain Song (3:49)
3. Secret Garden (3:52)
4. Hey You! Yes, You ... (3:12)
5. Cosmopoly - Live 1 {Quicktime Video}
6. Cosmopoly ... The Making Of ... {Quicktime Video}
7. Cosmopoly - Live 2 {Quicktime Video}
8. Introducing "VOX" {Quicktime Video}

Line-up / Musicians

- Andreas Vollenweider / Celtic harp (1,2,4,5), cheng (3,7,9), koto (10), Bavarian folk harp (12), ocarina (13), flute (17), 12-string guitar (11), vocals (2,7), arranger & co-producer

With:
- Bobby McFerrin / vocals (3,14,17)
- Djivan Gasparyan / vocals & duduk (5)
- Mindy Jostyn / vocals & fiddle (7,11)
- Chunliang Al Huang / vocals (10)
- Carly Simon / vocals (12)
- Milton Nascimento / vocals (16)
- Max Lasser / slide (7) & lap steel (11) guitars
- Christoph Stiefel / keyboards (2,15)
- Abdullah Ibrahim / piano (8)
- Kepa Junkera / Basque accordion (6,7,11)
- Solis String Quartet (2,4,13)
- Xiaojing Wang / erhu (9)
- Pingxing Xu / Chinese hammered dulcimer (9)
- Pingxing Xu orchestra (9)
- Carlos Nez / whistle (1,7,11), flutes & pipes (11)
- Ray Anderson / trombone (15)
- Michel Poffet / acoustic bass (7)
- Banz Oster / acoustic bass (10)
- Walter Keiser / drums (2,7,11,15), frame drum (16), percussion (9,16)

Releases information

Artwork: Dde Drst

CD Columbia ‎- 496311 9 (1999, Europe)
2xCD Colomba - CD 899-01 (1999, Switzerland) With a bonus disc
2xCD Kinkou Music - KIN 17527 (2005, US) With bonus CD including 4 tracks plus 4 videos

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Review by kenethlevine
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3 stars In what can be regarded as the second of a two-part world music extravaganza, ANDREAS VOLLENWEIDER again assembled a who's who of far flung musical overachievers as co-collaborators. While "Kryptos" accented the classical derivations and philosophies, "Cosmopoly" is more jazz oriented, particularly of the Latin and Afro-Cuban varieties. Even the familiar and fulfilling "Stella", following his tradition of notable second tracks, exudes these playful and crisp vibes.

Bobby McFerrin's versatile vocal exercises warm the catchy "Elle Chelle". The Basque accordion of Kepa Junkera imparts an open air nostalgic scent to "Petit Smile". "Peachtree Valley" is perhaps his best fusion with Oriental motifs courtesy of Pingxing Xu's Chinese hammered dulcimer and Vollenweider's own erhu. Also of note are the Celtic inspired numbers "Under One Moon", which could pass for a mid period ALAN STIVELL track, and "At the Forest Fountain", benefiting from spirited piping by Spain's CARLOS NUNEZ. "Your Silver Key" is a brief but resounding contribution from CARLY SIMON, the best I have heard between these two artists, like a wayward JUDY COLLINS. VOLLENWEIDER plays the ancient wind instrument ocarina on "Long Road to You", backed elegantly by a string quartet.

The latter 4 tracks plunge with abandon into self possessed improvisation with more mixed results, with the accomplished guests occasionally drowning the arrangements, as they did on the earlier "Hush, My Heart, Be Still" and "Ancient Pulse" (where one might well be ok with ABDULLA IBRAHAM's kidnapping job) but "Cor do Amor" is a pitch perfect duo with MILTON NASCIMENTO.

While admittedly the catchment area of this release is a bit sprawling, "Cosmopoly" affirms that VOLLENWEIDER, while perhaps not in same division as his invitees, is worldly enough to pull off a project that both compliments and complements all involved. 3.5 stars

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