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East/West Highway: Best Of

Shahin & SepehrAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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listen  5. One Thousand & One Nights (Prelude)0:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (December 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B00005176X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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While their names may seem indicative of something exotic and unfamiliar, the music of Shahin Shahida (acoustic and Spanish guitars) and Sepehr Haddad (guitars and keyboards) is smooth, easy-listening material designed to rest comfortably on Western ears. The Iranian duo's lively sound revolves around Shahin's graceful, flamenco-tinged guitar textures, unobtrusively embellished by Sepehr's keys and the same low-key, groove-based rhythmic underpinnings that propel the music of 3rd Force. (William Aura and 3rd Force are routinely involved in the production of Shahin & Sepehr's music.) East/West Highway is a best-of compilation that samples the duo's first four recordings (while also tossing in two new tracks), and it presents a decent showcase of the musicians' strengths and a minor weakness. On the plus side, the pair's sound is handsome, intelligent, and refreshing, with just enough rhythmic and ethnic spice to produce a stylish, feel-good atmosphere. The down side: Many pieces sound so similar it's difficult to distinguish one composition from the other. Fortunately, for listeners with a taste for smooth, Spanish-flavored music (with occasional Arabic and samba flourishes; "Jakarta" and "Midnight at the Basilica" are winning examples), they all sound pretty good. Pop the CD in your changer with a few other discs, hit shuffle, and you'll likely enjoy the results. --Terry Wood

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensual March 25, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is a compilation of Shahin and Sepher's earlier albums. There are many great pieces on it, though in most of them, the rhythm stands out more than the guitar itself. The melody is very sensual, great for an evening or for a nice cruise in the car. I expected something deeper from them in this last release, but hopefully that will come next from these two excellent artists. For any flamenco fans, it's worth mentioning that this is NOT flamenco, it is beautiful Spanish guitar music that surpasses Liebert, Lopez, Armik and many other famous guitarists. I think Govi fans will like this as well as Encinas fans.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By steve
Format:Audio CD
These days you never get a "best of" CD with 18 songs on it, its almost like a double album at the price of one, and it rocks. Every song is delightful, truly transports the listener to another realm. I absolutely LOVE their rendition of Cat Stevens' Wild World in a spanish guitar style setting. I saw the Wild World video on a local cable channel, really well done. Cannot wait for their next release----great job Higher Octave/Virgin!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous September 21, 2002
By Hzootz
Format:Audio CD
Saw this group in free concert series and was pleased with live show. Bought this CD and it is fabulous. Cannot get enough of it. Plan to buy many others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stimulating Disc From Start to Finish July 25, 2005
By chris
Format:Audio CD
Shahin & Sepehr create a sound that entagles the listener and won't let go, from the first track to the last. The intricate guitar work creates an upbeat atmosphere either perfect for uplifting one's own spirits or to be played while entertaining guests. East/West Highway is sure to please.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing Yet Uplifting September 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'd never heard of these guys before my daughter-in-law had this

playing on her stereo and I just had to have a copy! This east meets west, exotic, relaxing, thought provoking, and uplifting wonderful music is just what I needed after a long day of work. The "Persian" influence is (come on guys) actually "Iranian",

of course because there is no Persia anymore - it's now Iran. But

I guess the producers didn't want to scare off potential fans that are bigots and Iran or Middle Eastern haters. Personally, I couldn't care whether they're Iranian, Philipino, Dutch, or Martians... the music's great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy! December 3, 2012
By LTYoung
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD is magical, all the songs are great. I heard a song played on my XM radio and I immediately knew I wanted this CD. Highly recommended for all jazz lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best April 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having purchased Aria,&World Cafe, Ithought i would give this a try and i have not been disappoited,covers the first two cd's One thousand & one Nights and e, and bonus tracks Wild World,Melting Heart.These two can certainly play guitar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Writings by Serge Kozlovsky February 6, 2011
Format:Audio CD
More than an hour of this lambent guitar music with no doubt will not allow you to stay indifferent. It will dip you into a whirlpool of the fresh, light rhythms, penetrated by romance and genuine optimism. And the words "guitar music" are not quite correct, because not only Persian tunes are present in the music of the duet, but also you can hear the traditional folk instruments: santur with 72 strings (grandfather of the modern cembalo), percussion (tonbak drum) and shepherd's flute (ney). And everywhere in the melodies of Shahin and Sepehr there are live rhythms, there is taste of celebration. But even those qualities of their work are not the most important ones. The main is that the music is enormously real, natural. These are melodies of life, not of dying, of communication, not of anchoritism. «East / West Highway» is a music of wandering pilgrims, enjoying life, awaiting many new, unexpected meetings with friends and pleasant discoveries. It is a dance caused by overflowing of life.

«East / West Highway» consists of the best compositions of four solo albums of Shahin and Sepehr, released by the studio Higher Octave Music, considered as one of the most interested and biggest companies specialized on smooth jazz, instrumental and new age music. Music of this duet has got already a lot of amateurs all over the world not only due to albums recorded by Shahin and Sepehr, but also by their concert performances. It is interesting that after releasing in 1996 the third album of the duet, «Aria», the musicians took a two-year break and concentrated into solo appearances, making concerts in Europe and America with great success.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Best of for Anyone who Collects Best of Music Collections
I can't seem to hear this enough. It's hard to pick out a favorite. Just when I think I like October Moon the most, I listen to other songs and love them, too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by W. Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars great listening
I enjoy guitar music. The selections on this disc are all lively and very enjoyable to listen while doing other things. Read more
Published 6 months ago by longboard
5.0 out of 5 stars take the top down and drive with this playing
Latin guitar playing with a contemporary twist. This is not your ordinary spanish guitar playing, although such music is divine when down well. Read more
Published 13 months ago by tri zappa
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS ROCKS AND GROOVES!
Literally everyone we've played this cd for goes crazy and demands a copy (we have bought many copies as gifts)
you will play it at every party, gathering, in your car and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by marie-louise ericsen
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay, not very moving.
I expected this to be something that was very stirring, however it wasn't all of that. I like it on a scale of 1-10 - 6.
Published on February 6, 2012 by Sunnymaria
5.0 out of 5 stars flamenco music
Shahin and Sepehr have always been talented musicians. Their versions of flamenco guitar have great appeal. Read more
Published on June 4, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Music
I had never heard of Shahin & Sepehr, but am I glad I came across their music. FABULOUS!!! I bought all the CD's available. Read more
Published on May 28, 2009 by Josy T. Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking Music
I first heard this duo play on an internet radio station and I was amazed at how relaxing, but thought-provoking their music is. I searched a long time to find this CD. Read more
Published on January 15, 2007 by T. Biickert
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