"This album is pleasant instrumental music. 'Varja' and especially 'Wheel of dreams' are moody acoustic guitar driven pieces which wouldn't sound too out of place somewhere on an early Genesis album. Ariki (hummingbird spirit) has a tirbal rhtyhm to it. Their music is quite vivid but on this album they stay with acoustic instrumentation, though the epic album closer, Marie, has some synthesised guitar.
The feeling of the album is relaxed and spiritual. There is no singing on the album. The songs, however, have some hooks. There'll be a particular riff, on piano or guitar for example, thet you hear a lot through the song, and usually the saxapone (or lyricon) does a solo. It's fine album. 9/10"
Timeless class jazz with oriental tone
Dale K. Hallebach | meeker, co. United States | 10/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you check out the bins at your favorite store, you probably won't find this outstanding bands' pieces. These guys are tight, pleasing and masters of putting an oriental flavor to jazz, like no other. Their music is hard to get tired of with nice variety in their vein. This album is a must, even though it is short, just over thirty minutes. Just listen to that tasty interplay with those modern jazz instruments. Beautiful and non boring listening. This piece and 'Dreams Of Children' are simply outstanding!"
Shadowfax - A unique band that should be known by all!
Monkey Who | Chicago, IL | 11/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album as the other reviewer has already noted is more active than their earlier albums, but I really appreciate this album. The variety of sounds and the interesting rhythms plus the huge flavor of Middle Eastern music make this album an enjoyable change of pace from other New Age / Jazz fair.
It's really a shame that the band has disbanded since Greenberg passed on. If you enjoy Mannheim Steamroller, Yanni (ssshh!), or are more into modern jazz such as Chick Corea or Pat Metheny I would recommend you give this CD a whirl. I hate the term "New Age," but this is where you'll most often find this CD. Quite frankly if more New Age music were like this...New Age wouldn't have gotten such a bad rap.
Unlike most bands, I'd have to say that ALL of their albums are great!"
I miss this band...
R. Legendre | New Orleans, LA | 01/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first fell in love witht he music of Shadowfax in 1986 when I heard the song "Ghost Bird" from the "Shadowdance" album. "The Odd Get Even" is, IMHO, their very best album. The founder of the band, Chuck Greenburg, died of a heart attack in 1995 which caused the remaining members to disband. God, I miss their music. No other music is quite like theirs. Their sound is unique, original, and hauntingly beautiful. Thanks, Chuck for the artistic sounds you left behind for us.