Warren Cuccurullo | The Blue (feat. Shankar)

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The Blue (feat. Shankar)

by Warren Cuccurullo

East meets West as legendary double-violinist Shankar teams up with former Duran Duran member Warren Cuccurullo on guitar for this beautiful set.
Genre: World: Middle East Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Beginning (feat. Shankar)
6:28 $0.99
2. The Guide (feat. Shankar)
7:12 $0.99
3. The Unknown (feat. Shankar)
10:29 $0.99
4. The Trip (feat. Shankar)
15:33 $0.99
5. The Experiment (feat. Shankar)
8:38 $0.99
6. The Lesson (feat. Shankar)
13:06 $0.99
7. The End (feat. Shankar)
12:10 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Guitarist Warren Cuccurullo says about The Blue:

"This music was improvised live to a 2-track digital at my home studio in London. The spontaneous creations captured on this CD are what I consider to be music in its purest form - composition from literally, out of the blue." He described it to me in 1998 as very "stream-of-consciousness" playing between himself and Shenkar.

The press release describes it as "atmospheric music with guitar, violins and vocals." Violinist Shenkar started with John McLaughlin in a band called Shakti. He was a popular Indian classical musician who played traditional Indian classical music, and with McLaughlin, he was introduced into the fusion world and established his name playing violin.

Note: even though technically this experimental CD is instrumental (no lyrics/singing), each track features Shenkar on 'voice as instrument' providing the 'melodic line' for each track. Instrumental Guitar (Electric/New Age), total running time, 74:05


Although not a household name (except in guitar circles), Warren Cuccurullo, a recipient of the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award, has made undeniable contributions to the worlds of pop and rock music through his work in Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage-era band (where he gets a shout-out in "Catholic Girls"), 80's new wave band Missing Persons, and the revamped 90's version of Duran Duran where he helped pen such classics as "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone".

In addition to those contributions, Warren Cuccurullo is quite an accomplished guitarist (which was a serious prerequisite to getting into Zappa's band!). Throughout the last decade, Warren has released several solo albums featuring his guitar playing that have sadly fallen out-of-print...until now.



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Tamara at CD Baby

Featuring legendary double-violinist, Shankar, known for his work with Peter Gabriel (particularly on the “Passion” album), as well as former Duran Duran member, Warren Cuccurullo on guitar, The Blue provides a mesmerizing and yet organic, grounding, tie-your-feet-to-the-floor experience drifting through multiple cultures, musical vocabularies and emotions. Taking us particularly through a contemporary Middle Eastern context that embraces lush, reverberating electric guitar reminiscent of American 80’s rock and progressive rock, these tracks are more like individual journeys and explorations, rather than “songs.” Tending to be quite atmospheric and contemplative, this seven-track disc does wonders for over-worked ears in need of uncommon stimuli.