I had the privilege of watching Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning perform some of this music live. Their artistry and musical ability was stunning. Songs that sound smooth and well-rehearsed on the CD came alive with even greater passion on stage. Watching Brian's fingerings and switching of wind instruments was as impressive as any guitar solo I've seen at a rock concert. I had chills through some of the set.
But if you can't catch them live, this CD is the way to go. With haunting and soaring tunes, with deep and mysterious tones, these two craft a masterpiece. These songs have the power to bring tears and heartfelt praise. Although they are a perfect complement to Stephen Lawhead's novel "Byzantium," they are songs to be enjoyed alone. From the electric cello sounds of "Sea Wolves" to the Turkish chant at the beginning of "Byzantium (Golden City)" this is an album that surprises without being jarring, that soothes without being melodramatic. I love every moment of it.