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Yanni's gargantuan popularity unfortunately makes him an easy target for those who see his orchestrally inspired works as glorified musical wallpaper. But if they'd listen for the whole picture before judging, it would be clear that he brings classically influenced symphonic qualities to modern instrumental music; it's highly charged film scoring, only without the movie. The musical images comprising Tribute and the photos in the packaging come from the famous places that not only inspired it but at which it was performed: India's Taj Mahal and China's Forbidden City. While conventional string and brass instruments lead the way, Pedro Eustache's bamboo sax and Doodook and the gypsy-flavored lead violin of Karen Briggs supply appropriate dashes of Eastern culture. "Waltz 7/8" combines the traditional western rhythm scheme with Eustache's exotic flute improvisation. As always, Yanni plays keyboards, but he's more a ringmaster/conductor of an inspiring, symphonic brew that includes gospel and flamenco (with rousing vocals and an accompanying guitar textured over a mid size string section), powerful violin/funky sax duets (the core of the seven-minute "Renegade"), improvisational trumpet ("Dance With a Stranger"), and an intoxicating weave of an orchestra with upward climbing operatic voices. Yanni and friends tap on another culture on the closing track, the previously recorded African tribal piece "Niki Nana," which features Eustache's percussive flute and a hooky wordless vocal chant from a gospel-flavored, female choir. As we see from the other artists this month, there are many ways to build musical bridges between East and West; Yanni's approach is spiritual grandeur in a beautiful, theatrical setting.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/1997
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724384498122
catalogNumber: 44981

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yanni   Primary Artist
Pamela Moore   Violin,Choir, Chorus
David Hudson   Didjeridu
Karen Briggs   Violin,Choir, Chorus
Catte Adams   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Rich Berkeley   Trombone
Jennette Clinger   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Pedro Eustache   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Choir, Chorus,Multi Instruments,Bamboo Saxophone,Doodook
Ric Fierabracci   Bass,Choir, Chorus
Cheryl Foster   Oboe
Clifton Foster   Concert Master
Ming Freeman   Keyboards
Dana Hughes   Bass Trombone
Vann Johnson   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sayuri Kawada   Violin
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Charango
Joel Taylor   Drums,Choir, Chorus
Luis Aquino   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Alfreda Gerald   Vocals
April Aoki   Harp
John Krovoza   Cello,Celli
Eugene Mechtovich   Viola
Daniel Reyes   Percussion,Choir, Chorus
Delia Park   Violin,Choir, Chorus
Armen Anassian   Violin,Conductor
Ann Lasley   Violin,Choir, Chorus
Aleksandr Zhirov   Cello,Celli
Neal Laite   Violin
Wil Logan   Violin
German Markosian   Viola
Jim Mattos   French Horn
Julie Metz   Violin
Cheryl Ongaro   Violin
Gary Lasley   Choir, Chorus,Contrabass (Vocal)
Doug Lyons   French Horn
Kerry Hughes   Trumpet
Paul Klintworth   French Horn
Cathy Paynter   Viola,Choir, Chorus
Lisa Pribanic   Cello,Celli
Matt Reynolds   French Horn,Choir, Chorus
Julian Hallmark   Violin
Jeffrey Mark Silverman   fender rhodes
Corinne Chapelle   Violin
Beth Folsom   Violin
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Sarah O'Brien   Cello,Celli

Technical Credits

Yanni   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction
Richard Boukas   Arranger,Orchestra Transcription
Jeffrey Mark Silverman   Orchestration

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