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Samsara Review :: December 2008
"Guitarist Gregory James' latest release is a warm and spacious collection of gentle flamenco music, supported by his sympathetic jazz ensemble. Selections like 'A Bench By The Sea' and the title track have a luminescent and lilting openness to them that is alluring. Long time James associate Baron Shul's ethereal flute on 'Akavit' as well as the saxophonist's breathy baritone on 'Quantum Love' wraps around James' swaying strings like late night dancers in embrace. Sticking mostly to eloquent originals, James also mines the '60s songbook for a romantic take of The Beatles' 'And I Love Her' and John Coltrane's classic 'Naima' to rapturous effect. Gracious, and drawing any listener in with subtlety, Gregory James' Samsara is a keeper."